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.

Headlines

Vodafone to bring 2,100 call-centre jobs back to UK http://on.ft.com/2mgWksE

London drags down national rents for first time since 2010 http://on.ft.com/2mgWMXS

McVitie's digestives to be taken global in ambitious

expansion http://on.ft.com/2ndunY1

Gulliver's departure from HSBC sets first test for new

chairman http://on.ft.com/2mgXoNo

Overview

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

market.

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)