UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 25



May 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 11 points higher at 7,063 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 up 0.3% ahead of the cash market open.

* RESTAURANT GROUP: Restaurant Group RTN.L said sales were recovering nicely as Britons step out to dine after the lifting of lockdowns, while takeaway and delivery services were at much higher levels before COVID-19 curbs were eased.

* SHAFTESBURY: Retail landlord Shaftesbury SHB.L reported a wider half-year loss, as pandemic-related restrictions battered the business of its core tenant group of non-essential retailers, restaurants and cafes.

* SMITHS GROUP: Britain's Smiths Group Plc SMIN.L said it has appointed Paul Keel as its new chief executive officer.

* ASTRAZENECA: Britain's competition regulator said on Tuesday it has started a probe into AstraZeneca AZN.L 's $39 billion takeover of U.S. drugmaker Alexion ALXN.O for possibly reducing competition in the UK market or elsewhere.

* AVEVA: Aveva said the business environment had improved in most of its major markets following disruption caused by COVID-19 in the first half of its last financial year.

* TED BAKER: British fashion retailer Ted Baker TED.L has refinanced by extending its revolving credit facility with its existing syndicate of lending banks, it said on Tuesday.

* MADE.COM: Britain's Made.com, an online furniture seller, on Tuesday announced plans to list at least 25% of its shares on London's stock market.

* BORROWING: British public borrowing totalled 31.696 billion pounds in April, the first month of the new financial year, down from 47.315 billion pounds a year earlier when the public finances first felt the full impact of the COVID pandemic, official figures showed.

* SHELL: Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state said it has awarded a A$3.2 billion 10-year power supply contract to Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDSa.L , which includes supplying battery back-up power for wind and solar energy.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell was still evaluating plans for an idled Louisiana oil refinery, the company said on Monday, after a Baton Rouge investor said over the weekend his $1.25 billion offer was not accepted.

* BOE: A short-term rise in prices in Britain caused by global supply chain pressures does not foreshadow longer-term inflation problems once the economy emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said on Monday.

* OIL: Oil prices rose for a third day, holding around one-week highs after jumping more than 3% the previous session as investors tempered previous expectations of an early return of oil exporter Iran to international crude markets.

* GOLD: Gold prices fell as risk appetite improved after U.S. Federal Reserve officials calmed down inflation worries among investors.

* London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Monday after posting its second straight weekly drop, while Cineworld Group gained following a strong weekend opening after a months-long lockdown in the UK.

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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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