UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 22

June 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 down 1.2%.

* BERKELEY: British homebuilder Berkeley Group Holdings Plc BKGH.L forecast a 9% rise in annual profit for the 2023 fiscal on Wednesday, helped by persistent demand in an undersupplied UK housing market despite signs of a slowdown in the sector.

* ASDA: The British government needs to do more to help those on lower incomes cope with the cost of living crisis and should cut VAT sales tax, the chairman of supermarket group Asda told the BBC on Wednesday.

* JD SPORTS: Britain's largest sportswear retailer JD Sports Fashion JD.L on Wednesday reported a higher annual profit as stores witness a continued demand for sportswear.

* FRASERS GROUP: Mike Ashley's Frasers Group FRAS.L said on Wednesday it had increased it stake in German fashion brand Hugo Boss, owning 4.9% of the stock directly and holding options over another 26%.

* ROLLS-ROYCE: Labor union Unite on Tuesday rejected Rolls-Royce's RR.L latest pay offer, which included a 2,000 pound ($2,455) cash lump sum to much of the aircraft engine maker's British workforce, saying it fell short of expectations.

* HARBOUR ENERGY: The North Sea's biggest oil and gas producer, Harbour Energy HBR.L , has told the British government that Britain's planned windfall tax on the energy sector will shrink the company's investment in the country.

* OFGEM: The approach of Britain's energy regulator to awarding new supply licences and monitoring companies increased the risk of firms failing and contributed to higher energy costs for struggling households, a parliamentary watchdog said on Wednesday.

* MODERNA: U.S. biotech firm Moderna MRNA.O will build a new research and manufacturing centre in Britain to develop vaccines against new COVID-19 variants and other illnesses, the government said on Wednesday.

* London's FTSE 100 index climbed on Tuesday as mining and energy stocks tracked gains in commodities, while Ocado fell after the online supermarket announced plans to raise more than 550 million pounds through a share placement.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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