LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 9 to 13 points lower, or as much as 0.2 percent down, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed down 2 percent at 6,417.16 points in the previous session.
* China’s services sector grew at its fastest pace in three months in December as new orders remained strong, a private survey showed, an encouraging sign of strength even as manufacturing activity slows and the property market softens.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - The group’s deputy chief executive officer, Chris Sullivan, has left the state-backed British lender earlier than expected, according to The Telegraph.
* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - The British bank is seeking a waiver on one of the key measures of the UK’s new ringfencing regime for its ringfenced entity to have a different board of directors to that of its parent group, the Financial Times reported.
* MEGGITT - The company Acquired precision engine controls corporation from United Technologies Corporation for a cash consideration of $44.2 million.
* BUNZL - The company plans to expand its safety business in North America by agreeing to acquire a safety business in the United States.
* TESCO - Supermarket retailer Tesco could close its pension scheme, the Telegraph reported.
* Oil edged up on Tuesday, steadying after a 5 percent plunge in the previous session that saw prices touch fresh 5-1/2-year lows in an oversupplied market.
* Copper futures were mixed, with London contracts rebounding but Shanghai metal under pressure because of a policy shift by Beijing that could lift Chinese output.
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