UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 26



May 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.1%.

* JOHNSON MATTHEY: British chemicals maker Johnson Matthey Plc JMAT.L forecast 2022-23 operating profit at the lower half of market estimates on Thursday, as supply disruptions due to China's lockdowns and component sourcing from Ukraine hurt its auto customers.

* SERCO GROUP: British public services outsourcer Serco SRP.L boosted its annual profit outlook in a surprise update on Thursday, as it wins more government contracts globally for defence and immigration services.

* TED BAKER: British fashion chain Ted Baker TED.L said on Thursday annual results will be in line with market expectations after the company postponed the publication of its financials to later in the day following a delay in completion of the audit.

* REGULATOR: Britain's twin-track company listing regime could be simplified into a single entry point to the London Stock Exchange to attract more startups, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Thursday.

* WICKES: British home improvement retailer Wickes WIX.L said demand from trade customers remained "buoyant" as it reported year-to-date sales significantly up on pre-pandemic levels.

* SHELL: A British regulator is expected to approve in the coming days a revised plan by Shell SHEL.L to develop a North Sea gas field, which had been initially rejected on environmental grounds, three sources told Reuters.

* JD SPORTS: Britain's biggest sportswear retailer, JD Sports Fashion JD.L , ousted longstanding executive chairman Peter Cowgill, saying its internal governance and controls had not kept pace with the firm's growth.

* UK stocks rose on Wednesday as investors' mood steadied after a bruising previous session, while pet supplies retailer Pets at Home topped midcap stocks after posting upbeat corporate earnings.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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