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* BT: BT BT.L said it remained on track for the year after reporting a 5% drop in both adjusted revenue and core earnings for its third quarter, a fall it mainly put down to the impact of COVID-19. UNILEVER: Unilever ULVR.L reported underlying sales growth for the fourth quarter that was in line with estimates, buoyed by strong demand in emerging markets. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell's RDSa.L 2020 profit dropped to its lowest in at least two decades as the pandemic hit energy consumption. KAZ MINERALS: Nova Resources said it has raised its bid for copper miner KAZ Minerals Plc KAZ.L to 780 pence, after some minority shareholders rejected the earlier proposal for being too less. CRANSWICK: Cranswick CWK.L said it expects its annual performance to be ahead of the company's previous expectations. BARRATT: Barratt BDEV.L reported a near 2% rise in first-half pretax profit, as it benefited from a rebound in demand as buyers sought larger homes suited for remote working and took advantage of the tax break. ENQUEST: EnQuest ENQ.L said it signed an agreement to purchase a 26.7% equity interest in the Golden Eagle development in the UK North Sea for an initial consideration of $325 million. COMPASS GROUP: Compass Group CPG.L said it would cover the cost of providing breakfast and lunch parcels to school children through the February half-term break after its unit Chartwells faced criticism for low standards. JD SPORTS: JD Sports Fashion JD.L said it has raised 464.2 million pounds through the placing of new shares to finance its expansion. GOLD: Gold and silver prices fell as a firmer dollar dented their appeal. OIL: Oil prices extended gains after the OPEC+ alliance of major producers stuck to a reduced output policy. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.1% lower on Wednesday as falls in healthcare stocks offset gains elsewhere driven by investors' hopes that mass vaccinations would accelerate an economic revival. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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