UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 4

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 4
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Aug 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening down 2 points at 7473 on Friday, according to financial spreadbetters.

* ECONOMY: British shops saw a dip in sales last month, with fashion retailers enduring their worst July for eight years, a survey showed on Friday, adding to evidence consumers are cutting back spending on discretionary items. Britain's economy has slowed as the rise in inflation since last year's Brexit vote and modest pay growth have squeezed consumers' real earnings. OIL: Oil markets dipped on Friday, with U.S. crude remaining below $50 per barrel, restrained by rising output from the United States as well as producer club OPEC. Brent crude futures LCOc1 , the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $51.90 a barrel, down 11 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close and around 70 cents for the week. GOLD: Gold held steady on Friday, close to a seven-week high hit earlier this week, as the dollar eased to hover near multi-month lows ahead of monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls data due out later and amid continuing U.S. political uncertainty. Spot gold XAU= was nearly flat at $1,268.00 per ounce at 0434 GMT. It was on track to end the week almost unchanged. LONDON COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 barely budged from overnight levels, trading at $6,343 a tonne at 0100 GMT. UK blue chips rose to a one-week high on Thursday after the Bank of England kept rates on hold, hitting the pound and lifting export-oriented stocks accordingly. The market is also buoyed by solid earnings updates. The FTSE .FTSE rose 0.85 percent to 7,474.77 points with big international firms like Diageo DGE.L extending gains as sterling weakened following the central bank's decision. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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