PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times - March 13

March 13 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in

the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and

does not vouch for their accuracy.


Vodafone to bring 2,100 call-centre jobs back to UK

London drags down national rents for first time since 2010

McVitie's digestives to be taken global in ambitious


Gulliver's departure from HSBC sets first test for new



Mobile operator Vodafone Group Plc will create 2,100

new customer service jobs across Britain in the next two years

as part of an investment drive to improve operations in its home


UK rents fell 0.6 percent in February, the first decline in

six years, driven by a sharp drop in the cost of new tenancies

in London and south-east England.

Chief executive of Yildiz-owned Pladis, Cem Karakas, said

McVitie's and Godiva were at the heart of the global expansion

plan by its Turkish owners to boost biscuit sales by 50 percent

in two years.

HSBC Holdings Plc tapped insurance veteran and AIA

Group Ltd boss Mark Tucker as chairman to replace

Douglas Flint. Among the first tasks for Tucker will be to

identify a successor to HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver,

who informed the HSBC board he will quit his post in 2018.

(Compiled by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru)