Politics 2 April 2012 Economics lookahead, w/c 2 April Featuring statistics, and lots of them. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Monday 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. Tuesday 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'. Wednesday 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. Thursday 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. Friday The American employment report is released. It's Good Friday. Go home. › Lessons for Labour from Bradford West US employment report is released on Friday. Credit: Getty Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Donald Trump wants to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency - can he? The banker who found God Does earning £70,000 make you rich?