June 11 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Tuesday, with futures up 0.35%.

* GSK: GSK and other drugmakers asked a Delaware court for permission to appeal a ruling allowing more than 70,000 lawsuits claiming that heartburn drug Zantac causes cancer to go forward.

* HSBC: HSBC said it had boosted its headcount in China by more than 300, as the Asia-focused lender completed the acquisition of Citigroup's consumer wealth portfolio in the world's second-largest economy.

* LABOUR MARKET: Britain's labour market showed more signs of cooling in April as the unemployment rate rose, despite another month of strong wage growth, official data showed.

* WAGES: British wages excluding bonuses - which are being watched by the Bank of England as it considers when to cut interest rates -


by 6.0% in the three months to the end of April compared with the same period a year earlier, official data showed.

* OIL: Oil prices traded lower, as investors waited for key U.S. and China CPI data as well as the outcome of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting to glean a clearer picture of where inflation is heading and how that will affect fuel demand.

* GOLD: Gold prices fell with investors awaiting a key U.S. inflation reading and the Federal Reserve's policy announcement for cues on when the central bank will start cutting interest rates.

* METALS: Most base metals prices fell, as a weaker yuan reduced the purchasing power of Chinese buyers, while high inventories and weak demand pressured aluminium prices.

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> Other business headlines (Reporting by Echha Jain in Bengaluru)