UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 18

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.22%.

* PERSIMMON: Persimmon PSN.L said current forward sales are up about 9% from pre-pandemic levels, allaying concerns about a cooling housing market after the partial removal of a temporary tax break.

* INFLATION: British inflation fell back to the Bank of England's 2% target last month in an unexpectedly sharp drop, official data showed, with the clothing and recreation and culture sectors dragging the rate of price growth lower.

* BHP: Shares in BHP Group Ltd BHP.AX and Woodside Petroleum WPL.AX fell as investors digested details of the Perth-based oil and gas group's A$40 billion merger with BHP's petroleum arm, with some questioning the value of the deal for Woodside.

* FTSE 100: London's FTSE 100 index will lose its second largest company by market capitalisation if shareholders back plans by global resource giant BHP Group BHPB.L to end its dual listing structure and make Australia its primary stock market.

* OIL: Oil prices dipped, a fifth day of declines with investors wary about prospects for stronger fuel demand as the use of rail, air and other forms of transport remained constrained amid surging COVID-19 cases worldwide.

* GOLD: Gold prices firmed, as escalating concerns over the economic fallout from the spread of the coronavirus' Delta variant dented sentiment towards riskier assets, lifting bullion's appeal.

* London's FTSE 100 rose on Tuesday, helped by gains in heavyweight energy and healthcare stocks, with sentiment bolstered by robust earnings from BHP Group and employment numbers that showed a steady economic recovery in the UK.

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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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