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* LSE: London Stock Exchange Group Plc LSE.L said on Thursday that its Chief Executive Officer Xavier Rolet will leave the bourse operator by the end of December 2018, just under a decade after he took the helm at the firm. Unilever: Consumer goods maker Unilever ULVR.L , UNc.AS reported a 2.6 percent rise in underlying third-quarter sales on Thursday, blaming poor weather in Europe and natural disasters in the Americas. Travis Perkins: Travis Perkins TPK.L , Britain's biggest supplier of building materials, on Thursday reported a step-up in underlying sales growth in its latest quarter and said it was on track to achieve full-year expectations. Genel: Genel Energy GENL.L , one of a handful of foreign oil producers in Iraqi Kurdistan, managed to increase cashflow in the third quarter after renegotiating export payments with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Rentokil: British support services company Rentokil Initial Plc RTO.L reported a 13.7 percent rise in ongoing third-quarter revenue on Thursday boosted by its pest control unit. Interserve: Interserve IRV.L warned on Thursday it could breach its financing tests after a further deterioration in trading in its British construction and support services businesses in the third quarter. Domino's Pizza: Domino's Pizza Group Plc DOM.L said its German joint venture, in which it owns a third of the stake, would buy Germany's largest independent pizza chain, Hallo Pizza. GLENCORE: Glencore GLEN.L will convert its 8.75 percent stake in Russian aluminium giant Rusal 0486.HK to shares in En+ Group, an aluminium and hydropower group controlled by tycoon Oleg Deripaska, En+ said on Wednesday.
MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE HOTELS: Two fund management firms have joined an investor revolt against the planned 1.8 billion pound ($2.4 billion) takeover of Britain's Millennium & Copthorne Hotels MLC.L (M&C) by City Developments Limited (CDL) CTDM.SI , its majority shareholder. BAES: Britain's biggest defense contractor BAE Systems Plc BAES.L will make a joint bid with Liverpool-based shipbuilder Cammell-Laird to manufacture five warships for the British government, BAE said on Wednesday. EX-DIVS: BAE Systems and Smiths Group SMIN.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.55 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations The blue chip FTSE 100 .FTSE index closed up 0.4 percent at 7542.87 points on Wednesday, helped by a weaker pound following data showing UK wage growth edged above forecasts, bolstering expectations for a Bank of England rate hike. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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