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Bank of Ireland agrees deal to cut pension deficit

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Bank of Ireland <BKIR.I> said on Wednesday it had agreed a deal with trade union officials to nearly halve its 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) pension deficit as it seeks to remove itself from state assistance. The 15 percent state-owned bank, the only lender to escape nationalization after an unprecedented property crash, said the plan to reduce the deficit by up to 400 million euros would have to be approved by a vote of those staff affected.

FTSE snaps three-day rally after miner weakness

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 fell on Friday after a three-day rally, as investors backed away from riskier sectors and U.S. GDP figures came in below expectations. Material and energy stocks, which are sensitive to optimism over the global economic outlook, took 26 points off the FTSE 100, dragging the index into negative territory.

FTSE boosted by central bank assurances

* FTSE 100 up 0.2 percent * RBS bucks strong sector trend after results * IAG gains, operating loss better than consensus By Tricia Wright LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Britain's top shares took a boost on Thursday from assurances from U.S. and European central banks that they would stick with support for their economies, though returning concerns about Italy and the euro zone hung over the market.

Britain's FTSE finishes at fresh 4-1/2 year peaks

* FTSE 100 up 0.4 percent, highest close since mid-2008 * Index overbought on 7-day RSI * Fundamentals point to further gains in medium-term By Toni Vorobyova LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 scaled fresh 4-1/2 year peaks on Monday, with signs of progress in U.S. budget talks encouraging investors' shift from low-yielding government bonds into higher risk, higher return equities.

Britain's FTSE ticks higher, holds above 6,100

* FTSE 100 up 0.1 percent, recovering from early falls * Miners advance; Rio Tinto up on production news * Burberry higher as trading update prompts upgrade * ARM weak on downgrades, iPhone 5 demand concerns By Jon Hopkins LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index was modestly higher on Tuesday, recovering from opening falls but staying below a 4-1/2 year peak, with investors seeking fresh impetus to continue the new year's strong rally.

Britain's FTSE slips back, clings on to 6,100

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index slipped back in early trade on Tuesday, just clinging on to the 6,100 level, tracking weaker Asian markets after comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke proved mixed. Bernanke painted a cautiously optimistic outlook for U.S. economic growth but gave no clear hints on when the central bank would start to curb its aggressive bond purchases, despite speculation that it will halt this year.
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