UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 6



Dec 6 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Monday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.8%.

* UK ECONOMY: Britain's economy looks set to grow more slowly than previously thought this year and in 2023 due to global supply chain problems and the government must encourage longer-term business investment, an employers group said.

* COVID-19 TEST: Britain will require all inbound travellers to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test and arrivals from Nigeria will have to quarantine in hotels to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, health minister Sajid Javid said.

* SAINSBURY'S: British supermarket group Sainsbury's SBRY.L has postponed all Christmas parties until the new year, fearing the emergence of the coronavirus Omicron variant could lead to higher staff absence levels during the key festive trading period.

* MAILONLINE: The editor of MailOnline, Martin Clarke, announced he will stand down after 12 years building the news website.

* GOLD: Gold prices held steady as market participants weighed the prospect of a faster ending to pandemic-era asset purchases by the U.S. Federal Reserve after data suggested the labour market was rapidly tightening.

* METALS: London copper edged higher after MMG Ltd's 1208.HK decision to shut down production at Peru's Las Bambas copper mine exacerbated supply concerns in an already tight market, although gains were capped by a firmer dollar.

* OIL: Oil prices rose by more than $1 a barrel after top exporter Saudi Arabia raised prices for its crude sold to Asia and the United States, and as indirect U.S.-Iran talks on reviving a nuclear deal appeared to hit an impasse.

* London's FTSE 100 erased early gains to end lower on Friday as losses in miners eclipsed rise in energy stocks, while Wickes Group soared on an upbeat profit outlook.

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(Reporting By Amna Karimi in Bengaluru)

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