* Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 14 to 16 points higher,or up 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factorsaffecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent, or 29.28 points lower, at5,841.74 points on Monday.
* The IMF said the global economic slowdown is worsening as it cut itsgrowth forecasts for the second time since April and warned U.S. and Europeanpolicymakers that failure to fix their economic ills would prolong the slump.
* International lenders are considering giving Greece two more years toreach its budget deficit reduction targets, and the extra time could be financedwithout more money from the euro zone, Greek Finance Minster Yannis Stournarassaid.
* British retail sales posted a solid rise last month as Britons splashedout on sturdy shoes and warm clothes, the British Retail Consortium said onTuesday, raising the chances of a more lasting economic recovery.
* The decline in British house prices eased unexpectedly in September andsurveyors forecast that sales would pick up in the wake of government efforts tomake mortgages more readily available, a survey showed on Tuesday.
* In Britain, industrial and manufacturing output figures are due to bereleased. A Reuters poll has forecast a 0.5 percent month-on-month decline inindustrial output, and a 0.6 percent fall in manufacturing output. .
* London copper bounced off one-week lows on Tuesday, boosted byexpectations that top metals consumer China could roll out more pro-growthpolicies, ahead of a key leadership congress next month, to stabilise itseconomy.
* Brent crude futures rose towards $113 a barrel on Tuesday after two daysof losses, with supply fears due to escalating tensions in the Middle Eastprevailing over a sluggish outlook for global demand.
* BP : BP's billionaire partners in TNK-BP , Russia'sthird-biggest oil producer, said they could sell or list their 50 percent stakein the business, plunging the venture's plans into further confusion, theFinancial Times reported on Tuesday.
* BUMI : Sampoerna group, one of Indonesia's leading conglomerates,is leading a consortium of local investors that is in talks to buy a 50 percentstake in PT Fajar Bumi Sakti, a coal unit of Bumi Resources BUMI.JK, for around$200 million, sources said.
* BHP BILLITON : Top global miner BHP Billiton said it plansto cut an undisclosed number of jobs in iron ore, its biggest and mostprofitable business, as it tries to cope with weaker demand and prices, highercosts and a strong Australian dollar.
* BG : Tokyo Gas Co is in talks to buy a less than 10 percentstake in BG Group's Australian liquefied natural gas project, the WallStreet Journal said, citing a senior official at the Japanese firm.
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