Jan 28 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 52 points lower at 6,516 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* G4S (CSE: G4S ): GardaWorld on Wednesday extended its buyout offer period for rival G4S GFS.L for a fifth time, even as the British company has already accepted U.S.-based Allied Universal's takeover offer. BP: Qantas Airways Ltd QAN.AX and BP PLC BP.L announced a strategic partnership to reduce carbon emissions in the aviation sector in Australia as part of their goals to become carbon neutral companies by 2050. ASTRAZENECA: The University of Oxford expects efficacy data from a study of its COVID-19 vaccine against the British variant of the novel coronavirus by next week, a lead scientist said. COVID-19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated the COVID-19 lockdown in England would last until March 8 when schools could start to reopen as the government announced new measures to clamp down on travel to and from Britain. AUTOS: British car output fell to its lowest level since 1984 last year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut factories and hurt demand, an industry body said. PROPERTY: Britain saw the biggest rise in vacant shops in over two decades late last year and the sharpest increase in empty offices since the financial crisis. GOLD: Gold slipped as investors flocked to the safety of the dollar after an equity sell-off. OIL: Oil slid in Asia morning trade despite a huge drop in U.S. crude stock. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 1.3% lower on Wednesday led by a decline in mining shares as a surge in virus cases and movement curbs raised demand worries. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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