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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 13
Published at 13/10/2021 at 07:43

(Adds futures, news items)

Oct 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat on Wednesday, with futures marginally down 0.23%.

* MARSTON'S: Pub operator Marston's said that sales were above pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter, as people filled up its bars after lockdowns were eased to watch football tournaments and enjoy the warm weather.

* Barratt: Barratt Developments said forward sales for the past three months had risen above pre-pandemic levels, boosted by strong reservations for private homes.

* WPP: Advertising group WPP said its public relations unit Finsbury Glover Hering would merge with peer SVC to form a new company worth about $917 million.

* THG: British online retailer THG said that it knew of no reason for the nearly 35% fall in its shares in the previous session following a presentation it made to investors.

* UK ECONOMY: Britain's economy returned to growth in August after contracting for the first time in six months in July, keeping intact financial market bets that the Bank of England will begin raising interest rates before the end of the year.

* GOLD: Gold held steady, underpinned by a slight pullback in the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields, while investors awaited U.S. inflation data to gauge the Federal Reserve's path on normalising policy.

* OIL: Oil prices edged down on concerns that oil demand growth will fall as major economies suffer through inflation and supply chain issues though surging prices for power generation fuel such as coal and natural gas limited losses.

* Miners and travel stocks pressured London's FTSE 100 index on Tuesday, with investors also worried about higher energy costs, supply chain disruptions and a looming rate hike crimping economic recovery.

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

((geetha.panchaksharam@thomsonreuters.com))