- UK stocks opened a touch lower on a relatively quiet Friday for company announcements, though British Airways-owner IAG fell on news of a hack attack.

At 0837, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 2.46 points at 7.316.50.

IAG shares slumped 2.7% after the carrier said late on Thursday that hackers had stolen credit-card data from thousands of customers.

The stolen data did not include travel or passport details.

Pub group Greene King rallied 12% after a prolonged spell of sunny weather and the World Cup kept the booze flowing, driving above-market sales growth.

AstraZeneca said the US Food and Drug Administration had granted a priority review of its severe asthma treatment. Its shares edged 0.1% higher.

Gambling software group Playtech fell 3.1% after it sold its entire 10% holding in online broker Plus500 for around £176m. Plus500 shares fell 4.5%.

Asset manager Ashmore gained 0.7% after it grew its annual net inflows despite tougher market conditions.

Pallet supplier RM2 International shed 2.4% after it said its goal of turning earnings positive in the first half would be 'challenging' due to delays signing up customers.

Pan African Resources said its Barberton mines unit had concluded a three-year wage agreement with unions, with pay rises of up to 6.5%. Its shares fell 0.2%.

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