Sept 21 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 31 points lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.
* HOUSING: Surging activity in Britain’s housing market nudged up asking prices for homes in September, as buyers sought larger properties following the coronavirus lockdown, a survey showed.
* MANUFACTURING: British manufacturers see no evidence of a ‘V’-shaped recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic underway and many are planning to slash investment, a business survey showed.
* LOANS: British finance minister Rishi Sunak is set to extend the Treasury’s UK-wide programme of business support loans to help companies affected by the pandemic, the Financial Times reported late on Sunday.
* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca Plc said on Saturday that its COVID-19 vaccine trial in the United States is still on hold.
* OIL: Oil prices edged higher as a tropical storm took aim for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region halting some production, though price gains were capped by the potential return of oil output in Libya and a continued rise in coronavirus cases.
* Consumer stocks weighed down London’s mid-cap index on Friday after a rise in new coronavirus cases stoked fears of new lockdown measures, and the blue-chip index was bogged down by major energy stocks.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY: Superdry Plc FY Earnings Release Informa HY Earnings Release
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