UK Stocks Factors to watch on Jan 24

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Jan 24 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index is seen opening 22 points lower at 7,472 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* M&C SAATCHI: AdvancedAdvT (ADVT.L) said on Monday that the board of advertising giant M&C Saatchi (SAA.L) has rejected a fresh takeover offer. read more

* DE LA RUE: British banknote printer De La Rue (DLAR.L) on Monday warned of annual profit coming below market expectations on lower output because of increased employee absences at its manufacturing facilities globally due to coronavirus infections.

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* COMPUTACENTER: British IT services firm Computacenter (CCC.L) said on Monday the group was carrying higher inventory than usual to tackle product shortages, and expects inventory levels to return to normal once supply constraints ease. read more

* UNILEVER PLC: Trian Partners, Nelson Peltz's activist hedge fund, has built a stake in Unilever Plc (ULVR.L), ratcheting up the pressure on the consumer goods maker, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday. read more

* INFORMA: Information services and events organiser Informa (INF.L) is preparing to launch an auction process to sell its clinical trial data provider Citeline in a deal that could value the business at up to 1.2 billion pounds ($1.63 billion), sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

* VODAFONE: Telecom firms Vodafone (VOD.L) and Iliad are in talks to strike a deal in Italy that would combine their respective businesses in a bid to end cut-throat competition in the euro zone's third-biggest economy, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. read more

* GSK: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) and U.S. partner Vir Biotechnology (VIR.O) will boost production of their antibody-based COVID-19 treatment by adding a second manufacturing plant to help meet soaring demand in the United States. read more

* London's FTSE 100 ended lower on Friday, pulled down by heavyweight mining stocks and banks, while tepid retail sales and rate-hike expectations further dampened investor sentiment. read more

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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