Economics lookahead, w/c 2 April
Featuring statistics, and lots of them.
US employment report is released on Friday. Credit: Getty
- The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, in conjunction with Markit, releases the Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index), a monthly survey of the manufacturing sector. The index is a reliable predictor of growth or shrinkage in its sector.
- CBI & PwC releases its quarterly financial services survey, a pretty thorough overview of the state of the financial services sector...
- ... and Deloitte releases its nationwide survey of chief financial officers of major UK companies. Together, these two reports form a strong overview of the views of the major customers and providers in the financial sector.
- British Chambers of Commerce releases its quarterly economic survey, which covers businesses across the UK.
- Demos are hosting a talk by Gareth Thomas MP (Labour, Harrow West) on 'Social Finance and Early Action'.
- The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is meeting, and will announce whether or not it will raise interest rates from 0.5 per cent on Thursday. Spoiler warning: It probably won't. Also covered will be the size of the quantitative easing programme, which currently stands at £325bn.
- The European Central Bank will also decide whether to raise the Eurozone's interest rate from 1 per cent, and will annouce its decision at 3:30 UK time.
- Finally, the British Retail Consortium releases its monthly shop price index, an alternate measure of inflation.
- The Bank of England announces its decision (see above).
- National Institute of Economic & Social Research (NIESR) releases its monthly GDP estimates at 3:00pm, likely to include an updated version of this chart.
- The Office of National Statistics will release the monthly industrial production statistics.
- Halifax releases its house price index.
- The American employment report is released.
- It's Good Friday. Go home.