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Morning Report: FTSE 100 roars higher on plans to open up shops in UK mid-June

Headlines from the Proactive UK newsroom.

The FTSE 100 roared higher on plans to open up shops on 15 June. Holiday group Tui and airlines also climbed helping the blue-chip index gain 108 points to 6,102.

Staying with airlines, easyJet’s (LON:EZJ)) chief financial officer Andrew Findlay has announced his resignation just days after surviving a vote to have him removed by the airline's founder. Findlay will stay with the airline until next May.

Luxury car maker Aston Martin, meanwhile, has appointed the CEO and chairman of Mercedes-AMG, as its new chief executive from 1 August. Investors liked the move, with the share price jumping 38%.

Sir Richard Branson has suffered another setback as rocket launching business Virgin Orbit’s plans for a launch over the Pacific Ocean hit a snag and ended early. The launch was from a converted jumbo jet.

Westminster Group has won a US$665,000 contract to supply fever screening and safety equipment to the worldwide offices of a global investment management corporation as part of its 'Return to Work' programme. The contract covers 85 offices in 37 countries around the world.

Symphony Environmental (LON:SYM) says it is seeing lots of interest in its d2p anti-microbial products in the post-coronavirus (COVID-19) world. Just in May, orders for d2p-treated gloves were worth more than £500,000.

Bahamas Petroleum (LON:BPC) has agreed a rig contract for its hotly anticipated Perseverance-1 exploration well, which is slated to start potentially as early as the fourth quarter. The contract commits Stena Drilling to provide a state of the art, sixth generation drilling rig and associated equipment and services.

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