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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 21

(Adds futures, news items)

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 31 points lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 1.2%, ahead of cash market open.

* GO-AHEAD/FIRSTGROUP: UK train companies Go-Ahead and FirstGroup said they had signed new contracts with the government to keep running rail services for the next 6-18 months.

* ASTRAZENECA: A European regulatory panel has recommended the approval of Lynparza, a blockbuster cancer treatment developed by AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc, to treat two separate forms of cancer.

* INFORMA: Informa recorded COVID-19 impairment charges of around 592.9 million pounds, pushing it to a half-year operating loss as it struggled with one of the worst downturns in the industry.

* SUPERDRY: Superdry said its trading performance has improved in the months since April despite uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic as the British fashion retailer posted an annual loss from store closures.

* LOCKDOWNS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pondering a second national COVID-19 lockdown as the novel coronavirus outbreak accelerates.

* 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.

* OIL: Oil prices edged higher as a tropical storm took aim for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region halting some production.

* Consumer stocks weighed down London’s mid-cap index on Friday after a rise in new coronavirus cases stoked fears of new lockdown measures.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

TODAY’S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

> Other business headlines (Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)

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