UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 4



Aug 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.1%.

* UNILEVER: Ben & Jerry's independent board said parent company Unilever Plc, ULVR.L with which it is locked in a dispute over the sale of its Israeli business, had frozen its directors' salaries in July as a pressure tactic ahead of a mediation on the matter.

* M&S: Britain's Marks and Spencer (M&S) MKS.L said it would stop selling disposable barbecues in order to reduce the risk of fires in dry conditions following a record heatwave.

* REGULATOR: Britain's competition regulator said that Canadian cloud-based software firm Dye & Durham DND.TO should sell UK-based TM Group after its investigation identified competition concerns.

* AUTOS: British new car registrations fell about 9% in July from a year earlier, according to preliminary industry data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Thursday.

* BOE: The Bank of England is expected to raise interest rates by the most since 1995, even as the risks of a recession mount, in an attempt to stop a surge in inflation from becoming embedded in Britain's economy.

* HARLEQUIN: The chairman of failed luxury Caribbean hotel and resort developer Harlequin Group was convicted of defrauding 226 million pounds ($274 million) from more than 8,000 investors in Britain.

* Britain's main stock indexes closed higher on Wednesday as Avast surged after it won regulatory approval for NortonLifeLock's $8.6 billion deal, while banks rose a day before an expected interest rate hike from the Bank of England.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Mondi Group

MNDI.L

HY Results

Convatec

CTEC.L

HY Results

Hikma

HIK.L

HY Results Pharmaceuticals

Glencore

GLEN.L

HY Results

Spirent

SPT.L

HY Results

Evraz

EVRE.L

HY Results

Meggitt Plc

MGGT.L

HY Results

Tritax Big Box

BBOXT.L

HY Results

Reit

Serco Group

SRP.L

HY Results

NEXT Plc

NXT.L

Q2 Trading statement

Rolls Royce

RR.L

HY Results

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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