Aug 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 88 points lower at 6,024 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * IHG: French hotels group Accor has examined a merger with British peer InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, Le Figaro newspaper reported on its website. * CENTRICA: Members of the GMB union have voted for industrial action against Centrica Plc's British Gas after the utility issued "fire and rehire" threats to its workforce, the union said on Wednesday. * GOLD: Gold on Thursday bounced back from the previous session's hefty losses after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised concerns that a recovery from the coronavirus-induced economic slump faced a highly uncertain path, weighing on risk sentiment. * OIL: Oil prices fell as major producers warned of a risk to demand recovery if the coronavirus crisis is prolonged, while U.S. crude inventories dropped less than expected. * METALS: London copper dipped, retreating from an over two-year high hit in the previous session, as a stronger U.S. dollar made metals less attractive to holders of other currencies. * EX-DIVS: Anglo American, Berkeley Group, Croda International, Evraz, Hikma, Imperial Brands, London Stock Exchange, Mondi, M&G Plc, Prudential , Reckitt Benckiser, Schroders and Standard Life Aberdeen will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 7.7 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. * The UK blue-chip index ended 0.6% higher on Wednesday as the exporter-heavy index benefited from a slightly weaker pound, while a drop in Hochschild Mining's share put pressure on the mid-cap FTSE 250. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: John Laing Group Half Year 2020 Earnings Premier Oil Half Year 2020 Earnings Antofagasta Half Year 2020 Earnings Frasers Group Full Year Earnings Bank of Georgia Group Half Year 2020 Earnings * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines (Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru)
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