UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 12



(Updates futures, add news items)

Aug 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.2%.

* ECONOMY: Britain's economy grew by a faster-than expected 1.0% in June, boosted by the huge services sector, as people resumed going to see their doctors following the pandemic and after many hospitality firms were allowed to resume indoor service in mid-May, official data showed.

* CINEWORLD: Cineworld CINE.L said it was considering listing itself or a partial listing of its movie chain Regal in the United States.

* AVIVA: Aviva AV.L will return at least 4 billion pounds to shareholders, starting with an immediate 750 million pound share buyback, the British insurer said.

* BOOHOO: Boohoo BOOH.L said it planned to invest 500 million pounds in the UK over the next five years, creating 5,000 jobs.

* ENTAIN: Ladbrokes owner Entain ENT.L reported a first-half profit that rose 12%, helped by strong online demand and record bets placed on the Euro 2020 soccer tournament as sporting events resumed.

* STOCK SPIRITS: Stock Spirits STCK.L has agreed to a takeover by funds affiliated to private equity firm CVC in a deal valuing the London-listed vodka and spirits maker at 767 million pounds, the firms said.

* COCA COLA HBC: Soft drinks bottler Coca Cola HBC AG CCH.L forecast lower margins in the second half due to higher costs.

* HOUSE PRICES: Britain's red-hot housing market cooled a little last month in July as the partial removal of a temporary cut to property purchase taxes caused a slight drop in demand from new buyers, a survey showed.

* SHELL: Oil major Shell RDSa.L will pay a Nigerian community 45.9 billion naira ($111.68 million) to settle a case over an oil spill that took place more than 50 years ago, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

* ASTRAZENECA: No new cases of a rare and severe blood clots following vaccination with AstraZeneca's AZN.L COVID-19 shot have been reported in Britain in recent weeks after a decision to restrict its use in under-40s, British scientists said on Wednesday.

* MEGGITT: A U.S. bidding battle could be brewing for UK aerospace engineer Meggitt MGGT.L , which has been approached by TransDigm TDG.N over a possible 7.03 billion pound offer, days after accepting a lower bid from Parker-Hannifin PH.N .

* BABCOCK: Italian aerospace and defence group Leonardo LDOF.MI and British rival Babcock BAB.L have signed an agreement to jointly offer military aircrew training in Canada as the country moves to select a supplier for its air force.

* OIL: Oil prices were steady following two days of gains after a call from the United States, the world's top oil consumer, for major producers to boost output reinforced supply concerns as economies ease their coronavirus restrictions.

* Britain's domestically focused mid-cap index closed at a record high on Wednesday after aerospace supplier Meggitt sky-rocketed on a new $9.7 billion takeover offer, while the FTSE 100 ended at an 18-month peak on gains in major financial stocks.

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($1 = 411.0000 naira)
Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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