UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday April 16
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index was set to open steady on Thursday, with financial bookmakers seeing a flat open and futures up 0.1 percent at 0630 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The FTSE 100 closed up 21.52 points, or 0.3 percent, at 7,096.78 points on Wednesday, after rising to a new all-time record at 7,111.72 points earlier in the day.
* UNILEVER - The consumer staple firm reported better than expected sales for the first quarter on Thursday, showing improvement from the hammering it took last year from weak emerging markets including a slowdown in China.
* SABMILLER - The world's second-largest brewer by sales reported a marginal rise in full-year beverage sales volumes and said its results were hurt by the strength of the dollar against various currencies.