UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 8



Aug 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher with futures up 0.4 on Monday.

* PAGEGROUP: Global recruiter PageGroup Plc PAGE.L reported a 79.3% jump in half-year operating profit.

* JOULES: Joules Group JOUL.L said it was in talks regarding a potential equity investment of about 15 million pounds ($18.11 million) from retailer Next Plc NXT.L .

* VEOLIA: French utility company Veolia VIE.PA confirmed it would sell Suez's UK waste business to Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd MQG.AX for around 2.4 billion euros ($2.4 billion).

* SHELL: Shell Plc SHEL.L is deferring planned maintenance work at the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility that was due to go ahead in September due to industrial action at the site off northwest Australia.

* NATIONAL GRID: Britain has launched an investigation under new national security rules into the sale of a 60% stake in National Grid's NG.L gas transmission and metering business to a consortium led by Australia's Macquarie, the Telegraph reported on Sunday.

* QINETIQ GROUP: British engineering company QinetiQ Group QQ.L said on Friday its unit, QinetiQ Inc, would acquire U.S. technology firm Avantus Federal for an enterprise value of $590 million.

* MONKEYPOX: The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Friday there were "early signs" that the monkeypox outbreak is plateauing across the country and that its expansion has slowed.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L and Daiichi Sankyo on Friday secured U.S. approval that broadens the use of their therapy Enhertu, for patients with breast cancer, and paves the way for billions in sales.

* PAY DISPUTE: Over 1,600 London bus drivers are set to go on strike later this month in a dispute over pay that will coincide with an underground rail and overground train strike, the Unite union said on Friday

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra and Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru

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