LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up by 8 points, or 0.1 percent higher, according to financial bookmakers at IG. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 1.4 percent at 6,673.88 points on Friday, marking its highest level in more than a week.
* GREECE: Euro zone leaders argued late into the night with near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit, demanding that Athens enact key reforms this week to restore trust before they will open talks on a financial rescue to keep it in the European currency area.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : Royal Bank of Scotland is winding down its Greek operation and is putting its $5 billion shipping loans portfolio up for sale as the group scales back non-core activities, finance sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.
* BP : BP, which agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill issue, is now facing threat from tens of thousands of companies who have filed claims seeking compensation, the Financial Times reported.
* BARCLAYS : British bank Barclays is considering an acquisition to help split off its retail arm, the Financial Times reported.
* UNILEVER : Consumer goods group Unilever is stepping up its search for a new chairman, Sky News reported.
* CONSUMER SPENDING: British consumer spending recorded the biggest annual increase during the second quarter in five years, according to figures published on Monday based on credit and debit card transactions from Visa Europe.
* MOTOR PREMIUMS: Comprehensive car insurance premiums in Britain rose in the second quarter, with motorists paying 21 pounds ($33) more than a year earlier, a study on showed on Monday.
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