Jan 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index (.FTSE) is expected to open down 22 points to 7,472 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* M&C SAATCHI: AdvancedAdvT (ADVT.L) said on Monday that the board of directors of advertising giant M&C Saatchi (SAA.L) had rejected a new takeover offer. Read more

* DE LA RUE: British banknote printer De La Rue (DLAR.L) warned on Monday of annual profit falling short of market expectations due to a drop in production due to increased absences employees at its manufacturing facilities around the world due to coronavirus infections.

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* COMPUTACENTER: British IT services company Computacenter (CCC.L) said on Monday that the group had higher than usual stocks to cope with product shortages and expected stock levels to return to normal once supply constraints ease. Read more

* UNILEVER PLC: Trian Partners, Nelson Peltz’s activist hedge fund, has taken a stake in Unilever Plc (ULVR.L), increasing pressure on the consumer goods maker, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday. Read more

* INFORMA: Information and event services organizer Informa (INF.L) is preparing to launch an auction process to sell its clinical trial data provider Citeline in a deal that could value the business at up to 1.2 billion pounds ($1.63 billion), sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

* VODAFONE: Telecommunications companies Vodafone (VOD.L) and Iliad are in talks to strike a deal in Italy that would combine their respective businesses in a bid to end fierce competition in the euro zone’s third-largest economy, reports said sources close to the case told Reuters. Read more

* GSK: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) and U.S. partner Vir Biotechnology (VIR.O) to ramp up production of their antibody-based COVID-19 treatment by adding a second manufacturing facility to help meet growing demand in the USA. Read more

* London’s FTSE 100 ended lower on Friday, dragged lower by mining stocks and heavyweight banks, while tepid retail sales and rate hike expectations further dampened investor sentiment. Read more

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bangalore

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