UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 27

July 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.34%.

* MARSTON'S: British pub group Marston's MARS.L said its sales for 42 weeks was lower compared with pre-pandemic levels, as consumers spent less and recent hot weather kept people indoors.

* BAT: Lucky Strike cigarette maker British American Tobacco BATS.L reported a drop in its first-half profit, driven by impairment charges related to transfer of its Russian business.

*GSK: GSK GSK.L lifted its full-year forecast, boosted by reinvigorated demand for its blockbuster Shingrix vaccine, days after overhauling the business with the spin-off of its consumer health unit.

*RECKITT: Britain's Reckitt Benckiser RKT.L , maker of Dettol and Lysol cleaning products, on Wednesday beat second-quarter sales expectations after raising prices to make up for soaring input costs.

* LANCASHIRE: Lloyd's of London insurer Lancashire LRE.L posted a first-half 44% jump in pre-tax profit to $78 million, helped by rising premium rates, and said losses in Russia from the Ukraine conflict were likely to be within its risk tolerance.

*PROVIDENT: Provident Financial PFG.L returned to profit, as costs related to the wind-down of its doorstep lending unit fell and the subprime lender saw an increase in its new customer bookings.FIC1

* DE LA RUE: Britain's De La Rue DLAR.L has terminated its supply agreement with paper-making firm Portals Paper Ltd as the banknote printer cuts costs during a worldwide transition to polymer banknotes, the printer said on Tuesday.

* STRIKE: Britain's rail network faces major disruption again on Wednesday as rail workers and station staff walk out in a row over pay and conditions, the latest in a catalogue of industrial unrest as wages fail to keep pace with soaring inflation.

* UK's top share index was subdued on Tuesday as worries about an energy crisis in the continent and a weakness in British retail and banking stocks offset gains in commodity-linked stocks and an upbeat sales forecast from Unilever..

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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