UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 22


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    July 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen
opening higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers,
with futures  FFIc1  up 0.2%.
    * BHP: BHP Group  BHPB.L  said it signed a nickel supply
agreement with Tesla Inc  TSLA.O  and will work with the
electric carmaker on lowering carbon emissions in the battery
supply chain.*:nL4N2OX3TC 
    * RETAIL: Britain's retailers could open thousands of local
high-street stores over the next 12 months as people start to
step out again after months of coronavirus curbs, according to
research from Barclays.*:nL4N2OX2VL
    * RIO TINTO: Canadian union Unifor said on Wednesday miner
Rio Tinto  RIO.L  has been served with a 72-hour strike notice
after nearly seven weeks of unproductive negotiations over
proposed changes to workers' retirement income and benefit
    * HISCOX: Insurer Hiscox Ltd  HSX.L  said the group's chief
executive, Bronek Masojada, will retire at the end of the year
and will be replaced by current Chief Financial Officer Aki
    * FOOD SUPPLY: Britain's food supply chains are "right on
the edge of failing" as absence related to COVID-19 has
aggravated a critical shortage of labour, a meat industry body
said on Wednesday.*:nL1N2OX24E
    * OIL: Oil prices fell after an unexpected rise in U.S.
crude oil inventories and as rising COVID-19 infections threaten
    * GOLD: Gold prices fell, weighed down by a stronger dollar
and a rebound in risk sentiment as investors looked past
economic threats from rising cases of the Delta coronavirus
    * Travel-related stocks and retailers helped London's FTSE
100 to record its strongest session in more than five months on
    Howden Joinery        HWDN.L          HY earnings
     Unilever Plc         ULVR.L          HY earnings
        SSE Plc           SSE.L        Trading statement
   Workspace Group        WKP.L     Q1 management statement
      Daily Mail         DMGOa.L       Trading statement
       Centamin           CEY.L       Q2 production report
        Diploma           DPLM.L       Trading statement
       Centrica           CNA.L           HY earnings
        Britvic           BVIC.L       Trading statement     MONY.L       Trading statement
       IG Group           IGG.L           FY earnings
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 (Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)
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