UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 21

July 21(Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening flat on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.05%.

* JD SPORTS: JD Sports Fashion Plc JD.L , Britain's largest sportswear retailer, was in exclusive talks to sell Footasylum to German asset management firm Aurelius Group, a Sky News reporter said in a tweet on Wednesday.

* HEATHROW: A strike by refuellers at Britain's busiest airport Heathrow, which was set to begin on Thursday, has been suspended after the employees received a revised offer, labour union Unite said.

* ROYAL MAIL: UK trade union CWU said on Wednesday it had served Royal Mail Plc RMG.L a notice for a second national ballot, which will start next week, as postal workers gear up for a strike over pay.

* EASYJET: EasyJet confirmed an order for 56 Airbus A3320neo airliners on Wednesday and said the deal including upsizing 18 A320neo aircraft to the A321neo model.

* OIL: Oil prices fell on Thursday for a second straight session, as demand concerns outweighed tight global supply after U.S. government data showed tepid gasoline demand during the peak summer driving season.

* UK's top share index reversed early gains and fell on Wednesday, dragged lower by a weakness in defensive stocks, while a surge in inflation to 40-year highs cemented bets for a bigger-than-usual rate hike by the Bank of England next month.



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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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