UK stocks opened lower on Wednesday as protests in Hong Kong against a controversial China extradition bill intensified, while US-China trade tensions lingered. At 0849, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 27.02 points, or 0.4%, at 7.371.43. British American Tobacco fell 2.7% as it guided for revenue growth in its new category business, which includes vaping, at 'around the middle' of a 30-50% range. Consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser fell 1.3% on revealing that it had appointed Pepsi executive Laxman Narasimhan as its new chief executive to succeed Rakesh Kapoor. Online retailer Boohoo shed 3.5% despite booking a 39% jump in first-quarter revenue and leaving its full-year guidance unchanged. Auto dealer Pendargaon slumped 26% on warning that it expected to post an underlying loss for the year, owing to lax demand, high stock levels and rising costs. Sirius Minerals, which is building a fertilizer project in Yorkshire, gained 0.6% on news that it had inked a supply agreement with the Indian Farmers Fertilisers Cooperative. Technology component manufacturer Senior fell 0.8% while announcing that it had opened a new aerospace manufacturing facility in Malaysia. Pawnbroker Ramsdens added 1.2% after higher jewellery sales helped it eke out a 2.9% rise in annual profit. Voucher company Park fell 0.6% on the back of a 10% fall in annual profit, driven by lower sales in its consumer business. Industrial and commercial equipment supplier HC Slingsby slumped 13% on announcing that its earnings had been pressured by lower sales growth in April and May, pinned on Brexit uncertainty.
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