Economics lookahead, w/c 9 April

Short week, but that's no excuse not to pay attention.

Monday

  • Was yesterday.

Tuesday

  • IMF world outlook released throughout the week. This biannual publication (that's twice a year, not every two years) is released in chunks. Today is the analytical chapters.
  • OECD publishes its review, Towards New Arrangements for State Ownership in the Middle East and North Africa, examining how best to manage state institutions post-Arab Spring. Expected recommendations include "privatise them".

Wednesday

  • KPMG release their retail sales monitor, in conjunction with the British Retail Consortium...
  • ...and their report on jobs, with the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

Thursday

  • ONS releases the monthly trade figures.
  • Nationwide release their consumer confidence index.
  • Finally, the British Retail Consortium releases its monthly shop price index, an alternate measure of inflation.

Friday

  • China announces its quarterly GDP growth.
  • ONS releases the producer price index (which is usually expected to track the PMIs released earlier this month, but after the wild discrepancy for manufacturing, that seems less likely).

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.