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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 14
Published at 14/10/2021 at 07:35

(Adds futures, news items)

Oct 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 38 points higher on Thursday, with futures up 0.62%.

* HAYS: Hays Plc reported a jump in quarterly net fees on Thursday as employers ramp up hiring, with the recruitment firm saying there are clear signs of skill shortages and wage inflation, especially at higher salary levels.

* INFLATION: Britain's 20-year binge on cheap food is coming to an end as food price inflation could hit double digits due to a wave of soaring costs throughout the supply chain, Britain’s biggest chicken producer said.

* ENERGY SUPPLIERS: Two more British energy suppliers have ceased trading, regulator Ofgem said on Wednesday, taking the total number of firms to go bust since the beginning of September to 11 as companies struggle with record wholesale energy prices.

* UK MOTOR INSURANCE: Comprehensive motor insurance premiums in Britain fell by 16% in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, the biggest year-on-year drop since 2014, a survey by Willis Towers Watson and Confused.com showed on Thursday.

* GOLD: Gold prices eased off a one-month high on Thursday as better-than-expected U.S. consumer price data raised bets the Federal Reserve would tighten its policy earlier than anticipated.

* OIL: Oil prices climbed on Thursday, reversing previous losses, as a bigger-than-expected draw in U.S. gasoline and distillate stocks prompted buying.

* London's FTSE 100 rose on Wednesday, lifted by gains in shares of homebuilders after Barratt Developments posted strong earnings, but worries about a possible early interest rate hike by the Bank of England kept sentiment in check.

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

((geetha.panchaksharam@thomsonreuters.com))