(Adds company news items and futures)
March 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 is seen opening 15
points higher at 7,200 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers,
while FTSE 100 futures were up 0.15 percent ahead of the cash
* PageGroup: British recruitment company PageGroup said its
chief executive Steve Ingham had badly hurt his back in a skiing
accident, putting him out of action for a number of weeks.
* SThree: Recruiter SThree Plc posted a 9 percent rise in
first-quarter gross profit on Friday as strong hiring in international
markets offset weakness in Britain.
* JD Wetherspoon: British pubs group JD Wetherspoon Plc posted
an 18.9 percent fall in first-half pretax profit on Friday as it
battles high labour costs.
* WPP: Martin Sorrell will earn 2.13 million pounds from the WPP
long-term incentive plan this year after the marketing and
communications group said it would not challenge his right to benefit
from the scheme, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
* Royal Dutch Shell: Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it
planned to reduce carbon emissions from its oil and gas operations and
product sales by 2 percent to 3 percent during the 2016-2021 period,
the first time the company has issued carbon footprint targets.
* Lloyds: A long-awaited probe into what Lloyds Banking Group
executives knew about one of Britain's worst-ever banking frauds is
now not likely to be completed until next year, a source with
knowledge of the review said.
* Aston Martin: The total remuneration for the boss of luxury
carmaker Aston Martin stood at 3 million pounds ($4 million) in
2018, according to the firm's annual report.
* DEBENHAMS: Debenhams will consider a 150 million pound ($199
million) loan offer from dissident shareholder Sports Direct , it
said on Thursday while indicating that Mike Ashley's latest push for
control of the struggling British department store group is unlikely
* GOLD: Gold prices edged down on Friday after slipping below the
key $1,300 level in the previous session, pressured by improving
appetite for risk as British lawmakers voted to seek a delay to the
country's exit from the European Union.
* OIL: Oil prices were firm on Friday amid production cuts led by
OPEC and as U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran likely created a
slight deficit in global supply in the first quarter of 2019.
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.37 percent higher at 7185.43 on
Thursday as financials cheered British lawmakers' rejection of a
disruptive no-deal Brexit and oil majors rose on higher crude prices,
but mid-cap retirement services specialist Just Group slumped on plans
to raise funds.
* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
TODAY'S UK PAPERS
> Financial Times
> Other business headlines
Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for:
* 3000 Xtra : visit
* For Top News :
(Reporting by Adil Bhat in Bengaluru)
((AdilSubzar.Bhat@thomsonreuters.com; within U.K. +44 020 7542 1810,
outside U.K. +91 80 6749 1719; Reuters Messaging: firstname.lastname@example.org))