UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 10

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 10
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April 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 46 points higher at 7,240 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers with futures FFIc1 up 0.8 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* CARD FACTORY: British greeting card retailer Card Factory Plc CARDC.L reported on Tuesday a 6 percent increase in annual revenue as like-for-like sales increased and said it planned to declare a special dividend in September. ROBERT WALTERS: Recruiter Robert Walters Plc RWA.L on Tuesday reported a rise in first-quarter profit and said current trading was in line with market expectations. VIVO ENERGY: Vivo Energy, retailer and marketer of Shell-branded RDSa.L fuels and lubricants in Africa will float on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the company said on Tuesday. BRITISH ACCOUNTING FIRMS: Britain's top six accounting firms will come under increased scrutiny from the audit watchdog, including checks on their top hires, after corporate scandals raised questions about the quality of book-keeping. British power generator Drax DRX.L could end production at its coal plants ahead of a government imposed deadline of 2025, the company's CEO said on Monday. DE LA RUE/CRYSTAL AMBER: Activist investor Crystal Amber is a building a stake in De La Rue, world's largest commercial banknote printer, Sky News reported on Monday.

* RYANAIR/THOMAS COOK: German airline Condor said it will end its sales partnership with Laudamotion this month, after the Austrian airline agreed to be bought by Ryanair RYA.I . PREMIER OIL: Deutsche Bank DBKGn.DE becomes British oil and gas explore Premier Oil 's PMO.L 3rd biggest shareholder at 5.22 pct, according to an emailed statement and the latest available shareholder information on Premier's website. BAE SYSTEMS/QATAR: The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $300 million sale of advanced precision weapon systems to Qatar, a Pentagon agency said on Monday. The main contractor is a New Hampshire-based subsidiary of BAE Systems BAES.L , it said. The UK blue chip index ended up 0.15 percent at 7,194.75 points on Monday, buoyed by financials and industrials, as worries over global trade took a backseat. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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