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LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 11 to 12 points, or 0.2 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures slipping 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 9.93 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,844.80 points, outperforming European shares due to strength in the mining and energy sectors.
* TESCO - Private equity firms Affinity Equity Partners, Carlyle Group CG.O and CVC Capital Partners were among 7 to 8 preliminary bidders for Tesco’s South Korean unit, a Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L has recently held talks in Iran to discuss business cooperation with the oil and gas-rich country should international sanctions on Tehran be lifted.
* DEBENHAMS - British department store chain Debenhams said it remained on track to deliver full year results in line with market expectations despite seeing no underlying sales growth over its third quarter.
* STANDARD LIFE - Insurer Standard Life on Thursday announced its intention to close its insurance business in Singapore.
* JOHN WOOD GROUP - UK’s Wood Group Plc said its results in the first half of 2015 would be lower than a year earlier, as the energy services firm has been hit by the weakness in oil and gas activity globally.
* DS SMITH - Recycled packaging maker DS Smith Plc reported a 20 percent jump in full-year pretax profit and said it had agreed to acquire Spanish company Grupo Lantero’s corrugated products business.
* PLUS500 - Online trading firm Plus500 has signed as the main official sponsor of Atlético Madrid football club.
* British car production rose in May compared to the same month last year due to a double-digit rise in demand from domestic buyers, an industry body said on Thursday.
* Business chiefs from companies including BT BT.L, easyJet EZJ.L and a local cider maker called on Prime Minister David Cameron to keep Britain in the European Union as he prepared to ask EU leaders for a new deal.
* EX-DIVS - Compass, Experian and United Utilities trade without entitlement to their latest dividend on Thursday and are set to trim 2 points off the FTSE 100.
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