UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 12



May 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 down 1.5%.

* ROLLS-ROYCE: Rolls-Royce RR.L traded in line with expectations in the first four months of the year, the engine manufacturer said on Thursday, helped by a gradual return to flying and increased government investment in defence.

* BT: BT, Britain's biggest broadband and mobile operator, said it had finalised the deal to combine its sports broadcasting unit with Discovery Inc DISCA.O , as it met expectations with a 2% rise in core earnings for the year to end-March

* COCA COLA HBC: Soft drinks bottler Coca-Cola HBC AG CCH.L said on Thursday it will evaluate all options for its Russian operations and have a smaller presence in the country, focussing on local brands.

* SUPERDRY: Britain's Superdry SDRY.L said on Thursday the group's annual sales grew 8% as its stores reopened after the lifting of COVID-induced curbs, but the fashion retailer added that footfall remained significantly below pre-pandemic levels.

* JD SPORTS: Britain's JD Sports Fashion JD.L said on Thursday its like-for-like sales in the 14 weeks ended May 7 climbed over 5% from year-ago levels, as people spent more on athleisure wear and sportswear.

* HOCHSCHILD MINING: Hochschild Mining HOCM.L plans to invest about $200 million in the construction of a gold mine in Brazil, a project it will launch in the second quarter of the year, Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Bustamante told Reuters on Wednesday.

* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer TSCO.L has tied-up with office rental firm IWG IWG.L so that people can use their local supermarket as an office.

* VODAFONE GROUP: Vodafone Group Plc VOD.L is in talks to merge its UK operations with Three UK, which is owned by Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd 0001.HK , the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

* Britain's FTSE 100 ended higher on Wednesday as energy and mining shares rallied on the back of higher commodity prices and Compass Group posted a strong earnings report.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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