UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 9

miércoles 9 de abril de 2014 02:36 GYT
 

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LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with June futures for the index up 0.4 percent by 0632 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended down 32.15 points, or 0.5 percent, at 6,590.69 points on Tuesday after touching its lowest since late March at 6,549.75. It added to a 1.1 percent loss on Monday.

* British retailers slashed prices in March at the fastest rate since 2006, industry figures showed, a reflection of the squeeze in consumers' incomes that has persisted even as the economy recovers.

* UK February trade balance figures, due at 0830 GMT, are expected to show a deficit of 9.2 billion pounds ($15.4 billion), according to a Reuters poll.

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