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Week ahead: UK industrial production and trade figures in the spotlight

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Week ahead: UK industrial production and trade figures in the spotlight

Fri, 03 February 2017
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Week ahead: UK industrial production and trade figures in the spotlight

(ShareCast News) - Data over the coming week was expected to taper off given the multiple high-frequency indicators and central bank meetings around the world over the prior seven-day stretch.
In the UK, the main data release would be Friday's industrial production figures for December, which were expected to reveal some payback after the very strong November print, with total output seen higher by 0.3% over the month after a 1.3% jump in November.

While the latest survey evidence had been largely upbeat, going forward demand for capital goods was expected to be constrained by "slowing UK economic activity and by mounting uncertainties over the Brexit process," Dr.Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight said in a research report sent to clients.

House price data from Halifax and the British Retail Consortium were expected to reveal similarly muted outcomes, Dr. Archer said.

On a more positive note, Friday's UK trade data might reveal a narrowing in Britain's trade shortfall with its foreign trading partners.

The latest trade figures would also help to better gauge the impact of weaker Sterling and rising commodity prices on the cost of firms' inputs.

Nonetheless, Dr. Archer indicated that "a key hope for the UK economy going forward is that the substantial overall weakening of the pound since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June's referendum will increasingly feed through to boost foreign demand for UK goods and services."

Overseas, the main US data releases would be the US central bank's Senior Loan Officer Survey which was set for releae at the start of the week, on Monday, followed by the University of Michigan's preliminary reading on US consumer confidence in February, on Friday.

On the Continent, the Sentix institute's investor sentiment gauge for February was likely attract some attention, together with industrial production figures from Spain, France and Italy also expected over the remainder of the week.

Monday 06 February

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
BT Group

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Factory Orders (GER) (07:00)

SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Artemis VCT

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gem Diamonds Ltd. (DI)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Artemis VCT, Cerillion , ITE Group, JPMorgan Asian Investment Trust, Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund

Tuesday 07 February

INTERIMS
Mattioli Woods

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Johnson Matthey, Workspace Group

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Industrial Production (GER) (07:00)

FINALS
BP, BP, Plus500 Ltd (DI), RM, St. Modwen Properties

AGMS
Dewhurst, UDG Healthcare Public Limited Company

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS
UDG Healthcare Public Limited Company

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Mitchells & Butlers, On The Beach Group

Wednesday 08 February

INTERIMS
Dunelm Group, Hargreaves Lansdown

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Anglo Pacific Group, Ashtead Group, Halma

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Crude Oil Inventories (US) (15:30)
MBA Mortgage Applications (US) (21:30)

Q3
Sophos Group

FINALS
Sampo OYJ, Smurfit Kappa Group

AGMS
Daily Mail and General Trust A (Non.V), Income & Growth VCT , Victrex plc

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS
UK Commercial Property Trust

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
JPMorgan Chinese Inv Trust

Thursday 09 February

INTERIMS
Ashmore Group, Frontier Developments, InnovaDerma

INTERIM EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Conviviality, Daejan Holdings, Gateley (Holdings) , Murgitroyd Group, Rank Group, Stagecoach Group

QUARTERLY EX-DIVIDEND DATE
IBM Corp., JPMorgan Claverhouse Inv Trust, Picton Property Income Ltd, Unilever

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Trade (GER) (07:00)
Continuing Claims (US) (13:30)
Current Account (GER) (07:00)
Initial Jobless Claims (US) (13:30)
Wholesales Inventories (US) (15:00)

FINALS
Bank Pekao SA GDS (Reg S), Smith & Nephew

SPECIAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust

EGMS
Datang International Power Generation Co Ltd.

AGMS
easyJet, Enterprise Inns, Paragon Group Of Companies, Premier Asset Management Group, Thomas Cook Group

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Aberdeen Asset Management, Euromoney Institutional Investor, ZPG Plc

FINAL EX-DIVIDEND DATE
Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust, JPMorgan Russian Securities, Polar Capital Global Financials Trust, Sage Group

Friday 10 February

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Bisichi Mining, QinetiQ Group

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE
British Land Company

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Consumer Price Index (GER) (07:00)
Import and Export Price Indices (US) (13:30)

EGMS
GCP Infrastructure Investments Ltd

AGMS
GCP Infrastructure Investments Ltd, Keras Resources , Numis Corporation, Port Erin Biopharma Investments Ltd

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Electrocomponents

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Trade (09:30)
Industrial Production (09:30)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Connect Group, Daily Mail and General Trust A (Non.V), Dunedin Smaller Companies Inv Trust, Game Digital, Grainger, Henderson European Focus Trust, Numis Corporation, Octopus VCT 3, Octopus VCT 4, Patisserie Holdings , Servoca, Tracsis