(Provides futures, information gadgets) July 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 57 factors decrease at 6,155 on Friday, in accordance with monetary bookmakers, with futures down 1.2% forward of cash markets open. * ASTRAZENECA: The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration accepted AstraZeneca’s drug to deal with sufferers with a type of lung illness. * CENTRICA: British Fuel proprietor Centrica Plc posted decrease first-half earnings partly as a result of coronavirus disaster and stated it will promote its North American enterprise, Direct Power, to NRG Power for $3.63 billion in cash. * FERGUSON: Gross sales at plumbing provider Ferguson’s most important U.S. operations fell 9% year-on-year in April, earlier than recovering to fall by simply 0.6% for the May to July interval. * VODAFONE: Vodafone, the world’s second largest cellular operator, stated it will record its towers unit, Vantage Towers, in Frankfurt in early 2021. * PEARSON: British training firm Pearson swung to a first-half loss as a result of affect of COVID-19, though it stated it was on observe to ship adjusted working revenue broadly in step with expectations as markets recovered. * IAG: British Airways proprietor Worldwide Airways Group stated it had signed a multi-year renewal settlement with American Specific, extending its worldwide business partnership with the funds firm. * NAKED WINES: On-line wine vendor Bare Wines stated its gross sales surged 67% in June in contrast with final 12 months as orders continued to rise even after the easing of Britain’s coronavirus-induced lockdown. * RETAIL: British retail gross sales grew extra strongly than anticipated in June and returned virtually to their pre-lockdown stage as non-essential shops in England reopened to the general public in the midst of the month. * OIL: Oil costs rose on the again of a weaker U.S. greenback, though demand considerations stemming from rising coronavirus circumstances and escalating U.S.-China tensions stored a cap on costs. * The UK blue-chip index ended up 0.1% on Thursday, as barely staying constructive as optimism over company earnings was offset by a discouraging U.S. jobs report and rising COVID-19 circumstances. * For extra on the elements affecting European stocks, please click on on: TODAY’S UK PAPERS > Monetary Occasions > Different enterprise headlines (Reporting by Samantha Machado and Tapanjana Rudra in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Vinay Dwivedi)Our Requirements:The Thomson Reuters Belief Rules.