UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 11

miércoles 11 de marzo de 2015 03:32 GYT

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen edging higher at the open on Wednesday, with March futures on the index up 0.2 percent at 0729 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index suffered its biggest decline so far this year on Tuesday, when it fell 2.5 percent to 6,702.84 points. The FTSE has retreated from a record high of 6,974.26 points it reached on March 2 but remains up by 2 percent since the start of the year.

* Growth in China's investment, retail sales and factory output all missed forecasts in January and February and fell to multi-year lows, leaving investors with little doubt that the economy is still losing steam and in need of further support measures.

* RIO TINTO - The global miner expects some 85 million tonnes of iron ore capacity to be taken out of the world market in 2015 because a price slump has made it too costly to produce, on top of an estimated 125 million tonnes last year.

* MICHAEL PAGE - The staff recruitment firm posted a 17 percent rise in full-year pretax profit on Wednesday, boosted by strong demand for permanent jobs in UK, Germany, the U.S. and Greater China.

* N BROWN GROUP PLC - The plus-size clothing retailer cut its full-year profit forecast for the second time, after a challenging autumn season.

* BWIN.PARTY - The online gambling company in talks with suitors over potential offers for the firm, said the decline of regulated poker markets in Europe had hit its earnings in 2014.

* FOXTONS GROUP - The estate agent said on Wednesday its full-year pretax profit rose 8.2 percent to 42.1 million pounds ($63.45 million).

* DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES PLC - The bar code printer maker said on Wednesday it has agreed to be bought by Japan's Brother Industries Ltd for about 1.03 billion pounds ($1.55 billion).   Continuación...