UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 4
Aug 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.1%.
* UNILEVER: Ben & Jerry's independent board said parent company Unilever Plc, ULVR.L with which it is locked in a dispute over the sale of its Israeli business, had frozen its directors' salaries in July as a pressure tactic ahead of a mediation on the matter.
* M&S: Britain's Marks and Spencer (M&S) MKS.L said it would stop selling disposable barbecues in order to reduce the risk of fires in dry conditions following a record heatwave.
* REGULATOR: Britain's competition regulator said that Canadian cloud-based software firm Dye & Durham DND.TO should sell UK-based TM Group after its investigation identified competition concerns.
* AUTOS: British new car registrations fell about 9% in July from a year earlier, according to preliminary industry data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Thursday.
* BOE: The Bank of England is expected to raise interest rates by the most since 1995, even as the risks of a recession mount, in an attempt to stop a surge in inflation from becoming embedded in Britain's economy.
* HARLEQUIN: The chairman of failed luxury Caribbean hotel and resort developer Harlequin Group was convicted of defrauding 226 million pounds ($274 million) from more than 8,000 investors in Britain.
* Britain's main stock indexes closed higher on Wednesday as Avast surged after it won regulatory approval for NortonLifeLock's $8.6 billion deal, while banks rose a day before an expected interest rate hike from the Bank of England.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
HY Results Pharmaceuticals
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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru
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