(Adds futures, news items) Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 81 points higher at 6,228 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.68% ahead of cash marktes open.
* INTU PROPERTIES: Intu Properties, which owns Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Lakeside in Essex, will likely go into administration after it failed to reach a debt standstill deal with its creditors.
* ASTON MARTIN: Aston Martin said it would issue new shares worth up to 20% of its existing equity capital as the luxury carmaker seeks additional funds to ride out the coronavirus crisis.
* MARSTON’S: Marston’s said it was uncertain about its financial outlook in the short-term as it prepares to reopen pubs and restaurants on July 4.
* TESCO: Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, said underlying UK sales rose 8.7% year-on-year in its first quarter to May 30.
* EASYJET: British low-cost airline easyJet said it strengthened its finances by $255 million through the sale and leaseback of six A320neo aircraft with leasing firm SMBC Aviation Capital.
* ASTRAZENECA: Daiichi Sankyo Co is in discussions with AstraZeneca Plc on developing supplies of a vaccine for the coronavirus in Japan.
* JOHN MENZIES: Airport services group John Menzies said Chief Executive Officer Giles Wilson will resign to join Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons as the chief financial officer.
* OIL: Oil prices rose, extending gains from the previous day on optimism about recovering fuel demand worldwide.
* GOLD: Gold prices were headed for their third consecutive weekly gain on worries about rising global cases of the novel coronavirus.
* The UK blue-chip index closed up 0.4% on Thursday, as banks and energy stocks climbed.
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> Other business headlines (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)