UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 27
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower on Thursday, with June futures for the index down 0.4 percent by 0733 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up by 0.41 points, flat in percentage terms, at 6,605.30 points on Wednesday. It has been trapped in a range between around 6,400 to 6,800 since late October.
* UK retail sales numbers for February, set for release at 0930 GMT, are expected to show an improvement from January's sharp 1.5 percent decline.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND, HSBC : Among banks blocked by the U.S. Federal Reserve in their plans for higher dividends or share buybacks were the U.S. units of HSBC and RBS, due to weaknesses in their capital planning processes.