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June 24 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 18 points lower at 6,303 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.7% ahead of cash markets open.
* PERSIMMON: British house-builder Persimmon has poached Dean Finch from transport operator National Express to succeed David Jenkinson as chief executive.
* PREMIER FOODS: Mr Kipling cakes maker Premier Foods Plc said it expected revenue and trading profit for the new year to exceed current estimates, encouraged by around 20% sales jump in the first-quarter.
* NAKED WINES: Online wine subscription company Naked Wines said revenue soared 81% during the first two months of fiscal year 2021.
* CREST NICHOLSON: British homebuilder Crest Nicholson posted a first-half pretax loss, citing political uncertainty and coronavirus disruptions.
* OIL: Oil futures dropped, extending losses from the previous day, after U.S. crude stockpiles grew more than expected, adding to worries about oversupply.
* GOLD: Gold prices climbed to its highest level in nearly eight years, as demand for the safe-haven asset was boosted by worries over a surge in coronavirus infections.
* The UK blue-chip index closed up 1.2% on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson took more steps to relax the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
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> Other business headlines (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)