UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 22
July 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 up 0.2%.
* BHP: BHP Group BHPB.L said it signed a nickel supply agreement with Tesla Inc TSLA.O and will work with the electric carmaker on lowering carbon emissions in the battery supply chain.
* RETAIL: Britain's retailers could open thousands of local high-street stores over the next 12 months as people start to step out again after months of coronavirus curbs, according to research from Barclays.
* RIO TINTO: Canadian union Unifor said on Wednesday miner Rio Tinto RIO.L has been served with a 72-hour strike notice after nearly seven weeks of unproductive negotiations over proposed changes to workers' retirement income and benefit levels.
* HISCOX: Insurer Hiscox Ltd HSX.L said the group's chief executive, Bronek Masojada, will retire at the end of the year and will be replaced by current Chief Financial Officer Aki Hussain.
* FOOD SUPPLY: Britain's food supply chains are "right on the edge of failing" as absence related to COVID-19 has aggravated a critical shortage of labour, a meat industry body said on Wednesday.
* OIL: Oil prices fell after an unexpected rise in U.S. crude oil inventories and as rising COVID-19 infections threaten demand.
* GOLD: Gold prices fell, weighed down by a stronger dollar and a rebound in risk sentiment as investors looked past economic threats from rising cases of the Delta coronavirus variant.
* Travel-related stocks and retailers helped London's FTSE 100 to record its strongest session in more than five months on Wednesday.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru
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