UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 16

May 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Monday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.5%.

* RWS: Baring Private Equity Asia Fund VIII (BPEA) said on Monday it does not plan to make an offer for London-listed RWS Holdings RWS.L , weeks after the Hong Kong-based group expressed interest in the language services and software firm.

* PLUS500: Plus500 PLUSP.L said on Monday its annual revenue and profit would "significantly" exceed market expectations, as the online trading platform benefits from the rise in market volatility due to the Ukraine crisis.

* GREGGS: British baker and fast food chain Greggs GRG.L said cost pressures were increasing as it reported a rise in first-quarter sales that was flattered by comparison with restricted trading conditions due to COVID-19 in the same period of 2021.

* RYANAIR: Ryanair RYA.I said on Monday it was impossible to give a detailed forecast beyond hoping to return to "reasonable profitability" this year amid uncertainties over COVID-19 and the Ukraine war, after posting a smaller annual loss.

* HSBC: HSBC HSBA.L has hired Robey Warshaw to assist an internal review into its strategy, after a push from its largest shareholder Ping An to spin off the lender's Asian operations, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

* VODAFONE GROUP: United Arab Emirates-based telecoms company e& ETISALAT.AD has bought a 9.8% stake in Vodafone VOD.L for $4.4 billion, days after saying it was looking to expand into new markets and related areas such as financial technology.

* CREDIT: Lending to small businesses in Britain has fallen to its lowest since at least 2014 as companies and banks worry about the worsening economic outlook, according to a survey published on Monday.

* Britain's FTSE 100 rallied on Friday to erase weekly losses, aided by gains in defensive stocks, although concerns over stubborn inflation and economic slowdown kept sentiment in check.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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