UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 23
Sept 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher with futures FFIc1 up 0.11% on Friday.
* BOE: The Bank of England raised its key interest rate by half a percentage point to 2.25% on Thursday and said it would continue to "respond forcefully" to inflation as needed.
* SHELL: Shell's SHEL.L incoming CEO Wael Sawan is set to accelerate the group's drive to build its renewable energy business, including through a possible "transformative" clean power acquisition.
* AVEVA: Canada-based Mawer Investment management, a top investor in Aveva AVV.L , plans to reject Schneider Electric's SCHN.PA 9.5 bln pounds ($10.66 bln) takeover offer.
* MADE.COM: British online furniture retailer Made.com MADE.L plans to let go off more than a third of its workforce, as volatile market conditions drive it to either seek a buyer or raise more money.
* ROYAL MAIL: Royal Mail's RMG.L proposals to take a pay dispute to conciliation and change its policies following months of failed negotiations have angered its largest labour union, intensifying the fight between two sides at loggerheads.
* STRIKE: Tens of thousands of British railway workers nationwide will go on strike on Oct. 8 in an ongoing dispute over pay and working conditions.
* OIL: Oil prices fell amid recession fears and a stronger U.S. dollar.
* GOLD: Gold prices edged down as the dollar hovered around a 20-year peak.
* UK shares fell on Thursday, with the midcap index .FTMC touching the lowest in over two months on recession fears after the Bank of England joined several global central banks in hiking interest rates to tame inflation.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY: Investec
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Reporting by Anchal Rana in Bengaluru
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