September 8, 2017 / 5:14 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 8

    Sept 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 9 points
lower at 7396.98 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * UK ECONOMY: Britain's economy is "treading water" ahead of Brexit, the
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said on Friday after it downgraded forecasts
for growth over the next two years.
    * UK RETAIL: Spending in British shops increased last month at the fastest
pace in nearly two years, a survey showed on Friday, as a weaker pound led to
more Britons opting to holiday at home and to an influx of tourists from abroad.

    * UK EMPLOYMENT: A fall in people coming to Britain from other European
Union countries has aggravated a shortage of workers and forced employers to
raise starting salaries at the fastest pace in nearly two years during August, a
survey showed on Friday.
    * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.6 percent at 7396.98 points on Thursday
with most sectors in positive territory with the exception of financial stocks,
which suffered, alongside the rest of their European peers, after the European
central bank reaffirmed its ultra-easy policy stance.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru)
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