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FTSE CLOSE: Footsie finishes flat as Unilever tumbles 7%; Wall Street closed ...
15:30: The Footsie has remained in the red, with Kraft's withdrawal from Unilever dragging on London's premier index. By late afternoon the FTSE 100 index was down 10 points at 7,290.1, while the US was closed for Presidents' Day.
FTSE 100 weaker in directionless trading  Proactive Investors UK
FTSE steadies after setting 1-month high, Unilever slumps  Daily Mail  
'No reason to fear' Vauxhall job losses, Clark says
The business secretary, Greg Clark, has told MPs that Vauxhall workers in Luton and Ellesmere Port have no reason to fear for their jobs.
Vauxhall future: Peugeot 'takes pride' in not closing plants  Sky News
Vauxhall future: Labour turns up heat on Greg Clark over Ellesmere Port jobs  The Independent
RBS could face tougher terms to drop Williams & Glyn sale
The UK Treasury could be forced to impose tougher terms on Royal Bank of Scotland to free the bank from selling Williams & Glyn following an investigation by Brussels, according to people close to the plans.
Dividend optimism as RBS rips up sale plan  Interactive Investor
RBS shares soar after Williams & Glyn sale halted  Belfast Telegraph
British builder Bovis faces further profit fall after complaints about quality
LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - British builder Bovis said it will slow construction this year as it moves to improve the quality of its homes, after a backlash from some buyers helped push down profits in 2016 with a further fall expected this year.
Bovis to pay �7m to compensate customers for poorly built homes  The Guardian
Bovis to slow new home construction to boost quality  Financial Times
UK house price growth at slowest rate in four years
Estate agents said buyer interest was significantly diminished if properties were priced more than 5% too high. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images.
UK house price growth at its slowest rate in four years  The Week UK
Asking prices for UK homes show smallest February rise since 2009 - Rightmove  Reuters UK
Euro zone mulls IMF involvement in Greece, mission to unblock new loans
Euro zone finance ministers will discuss on Monday what reforms Greece must make to release new loans from the bloc's governments and get the International Monetary Fund to join the bailout.
Eurozone, Greece reach deal on return of bailout inspectors  Daily Mail
Greece: EU and IMF in 'common position'  BBC News
World's largest sailing yacht impounded in Gibraltar
The superyacht 'Sailing Yacht A', above, has a helipad, onboard swimming pool, and underwater observation pod. Photograph: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock.
Russian billionaire's futuristic $425m superyacht seized in Gibraltar  International Business Times UK
468-foot superyacht seized because of $16.2 million debt  Orlando Sentinel
Amazon offers full-time contracts to 300 seasonal staff in Fife
Online retail giant Amazon has offered permanent jobs to more than 300 seasonal staff at its Fife fulfilment centre. The latest jobs boost came as the group - which has come under sustained pressure in recent months over pay and working conditions ...
Amazon will create 5000 UK jobs in 2017
Amazon's Edinburgh base among sites for 5000 new jobs  STV News
UK factories pick up pace in Feb, but so do price pressures
FILE PHOTO - A car hangs on the wall of Jaguar's Castle Bromwich manufacturing facility in Birmingham, Britain, November 17, 2016.
UK manufacturing order books swell but weaker pound increases price pressures
Demand for UK-made goods hits two-year high but more firms expect to raise ...  This is Money
Oil rises, but swelling US output caps rally
NEW YORK/LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Oil edged up on Monday, as investor optimism over the effectiveness of producer cuts encouraged record bets on a sustained price rise, although growing U.S.
Recent events help shape oil prices  Oil & Gas Financial Journal
Why oil experts think OPEC's US headache won't go away this year  MarketWatch