UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 15
July 15 (Reuters) - Futures for Britain's FTSE 100 index FFIc1 were 0.28% lower on Thursday.
* ASOS: ASOS ASOS.L reported a 21% rise in sales in its latest trading period driven by the popularity of e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
* DARKTRACE: Darktrace DARK.L upgraded its forecast for 2022 and said revenue for the financial year just ended would grow by at least 40% to $278 million.
* HAMMERSON: Hammerson Plc HMSO.L said it planned to stop granting future rent concessions to its tenants as collection picks up with further easing of coronavirus-related restrictions in the UK.
* HAYS: Hays Plc HAYS.L posted a 39% rise in fourth-quarter net fees as new hiring rebounded in its key markets that saw an easing of coronavirus restrictions, especially in the last month.
* EXPERIAN: Experian EXPN.L raised its annual outlook after it delivered a 31% jump in its first-quarter revenue.
* MARKETS: Financial Conduct Authority said it will spend 120 million pounds to improve its data strategy and spread more staff across Britain to tackle market abuses faster.
* DRUGMAKERS: Britain's competition regulator said it has fined several drugmakers a total of more than 260 million pounds for overcharging the state-backed NHS healthcare network for hydrocortisone tablets for almost a decade.
* ECONOMY: The number of employees on British company payrolls surged by 356,000 in June from May, the biggest increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
* AVAST: UK-based cybersecurity firm Avast Plc AVST.L said on Wednesday it was in advanced talks over a merger with peer NortonLifeLock Inc NLOK.O .
* SAINSBURY'S: Sainsbury's SBRY.L will encourage customers to keep wearing a face mask from Monday, when new government rules state it will be a matter of personal choice.
* GOLD: Gold prices slipped as the dollar clawed up in Asia trade after falling the day before as U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jeremy Powell signalled "powerful support" for economic recovery.
* OIL: Oil prices fell nearly 1% extending losses as investors braced for more supplies following a compromise between top OPEC producers and as U.S. fuel stocks rose, raising concerns about demand in the world's largest consumer.
* The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.5% lower on Wednesday as a stronger pound weighed on multinationals that earn most of their profits overseas.
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Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan in Bengaluru; editing by Vinay Dwivedi
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