UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 8

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* Britain's FTSE 100 index is set to open 29 to 32 points lower, ordown around 0.6 percent on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For moreon the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* London's blue chip index closed up 43.24 points, or 0.7 percent, at5,871.02 on Friday, rallying after better than expected employment figures inthe United States spurred buying of commodity and banking stocks.

* London copper fell more than 1 percent on Monday, giving up last week'sgains as worries about the global economy resurfaced, ahead of data from topconsumer China later this week for clues on demand.

* Underlining the uncertain outlook, the World Bank cut its growth forecastsfor the East Asia and Pacific region on Monday and said there was a risk theslowdown in China could get worse and last longer than expected.

* European diplomats discussing the possibility of a separate budget toimprove monetary union in the euro zone are considering a sum of around 20billion euros ($26 billion), according to the Financial Times Deutschland.

* BAE SYSTEMS - Britain will block the proposed $45 billion mergerbetween EADS and BAE Systems if key "red line" priorities are not met,defence minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday, three days before a deadline fordetailing the deal.

* WPP - The advertising firm has snapped up a stake in Germany'sk102 agency.

* BRITISH LAND - The real estate investment firm announced a newjoint venture for t he M eadowhall s hopping centre w ith Norges Bank InvestmentManagement, the investment manager for the government pension fund of Norway.

* LONDON & STAMFORD - The real estate firm which has sold its 50percent stake in interest in t he Me adowhall shopping centre to Norges BankIn v estment, said it now has firepower of up to 1 billion pounds as th e firmpos itions itself to take advantage of expected investment opportunities.

* PERSIMMON - The developer bought Hillreed Homes, a regionalhousebuilder operating in the south east of England for 35.7 million pounds.

* COOKSON - The company, which receives about half of its revenuefrom supplying ceramic products to the steel and foundry casting markets, saidyear performance for group is now expected to be materially below the board'sprevious expectations.

* MICHAEL PAGE - The recruiter said it expects full year operatingprofit to be slightly below current analyst expectations.

* CRANSWICK - The UK food producer said first half performance hasbeen in line with management's expectations, with underlying turnover in the sixmonths to September 30 up 5 percent, a nd it remains confident in the continuedlong term development of the business.

* INTERBULK - The logistics firm warns on profit.

* DAISY GROUP - The British telecoms company said it sees revenuesabove last year.

* SOLO OIL : The oil explorer and Aminex are seeking a partner fortheir Tanzania licence. The companies have engaged firstenergy capital to managethe farm-out of up to 50 percent in the Ruvuma psa.

* There is no major economic data out in the UK and the U.S. on Monday. TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines

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