UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 25



Nov 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday with futures FFIc1 up by 0.25%.

* LABOUR SHORTAGE: Britain could face a shortage of alcohol this Christmas unless the government steps up its efforts to address a lack of heavy goods vehicle drivers, the wine and spirits industry warned on Wednesday.

* INVESTMENT: Britain will expand the size and reach of its development finance institution to provide billions of pounds of investment in infrastructure and technology in countries across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, the government said.

* BULB: Collapsed British energy company Bulb will continue to supply customers as normal after it was put on Wednesday into the Special Administration Regime designed to protect consumers when a supplier failed, the government said.

* OIL: Oil prices were little changed with investors waiting to see how major producers respond to the emergency crude release by major consuming countries designed to cool the market, even as data pointed to healthy U.S. fuel demand.

* METALS: London copper was steady, supported by strong U.S. economic data and concerns over tight global supply, although a firmer dollar and Federal Reserve's taper timeline put some downward pressure on prices.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged up as the dollar eased slightly, but comments from U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers suggesting the central bank could accelerate stimulus tapering weighed on the metal and kept it well below the key $1,800 mark.

* UK's FTSE 100 rose for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, led by energy majors and miners, while leather bag company Mulberry jumped on strong earnings as demand for its luxury products returned to pre-pandemic levels.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY: PayPoint

HY results

PAYP.L

Omega Diagnostics

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ODX.L

XPS pensions

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XPS.L

Mitchells & Butlers

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MAB.L

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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