UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday June 18
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LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 20 to 23 points, or 0.3 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.4 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 .FTSE closed 0.4 percent lower at 6,680.55 points on Wednesday, as losses in grocers and caution before a Federal Reserve announcement later in the day weighed on the market.
* The U.S. economy is growing moderately after a winter swoon and likely strong enough to support an interest rate increase by the end of the year, but concerns remain over the recovery of the labor market, U.S. Federal Reserve officials said on Wednesday.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Canada's environment ministry said on Wednesday it approved a Royal Dutch Shell Plc-led liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia's coast, contingent on the project meeting 50 environmental, social and operational conditions.