UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday
LONDON Oct 8 (Reuters) - Financial spreadbetters gave a range for Britain's FTSE 100's open on Thursday, from opening down by 2 points to opening up by 9 points, or flat to 0.1 percent higher. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed higher at 6,336.35 points on Wednesday at 0.2 percent higher, its highest closing level since Aug. 20.
* British house prices rose more slowly in September as the number of deals grew, though the market remained hampered by a shortage of properties for sale, a body representing property valuers said on Thursday.
* Concerns among British employers about a new, higher minimum wage are contributing to a sharp slowdown in hiring via recruitment firms, according to a survey published on Thursday.
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