Hello, and welcome to the Week Ahead, your weekly destination for discussion and analysis of what's coming up this week that may be of interest to investors.


Big UK earnings

US company reporting

Economic announcements

Monday - 18 Mar

Marshalls (Finals)

Tuesday - 19 Mar

Essentra (Finals) 

DFS Furniture (Interims) 

US Housing Starts

US Building Permits

Wednesday - 20 Mar

Prudential (Finals)

Computacenter (Finals)

Investec (Q3) 

Micron Technology (Q2)

General Mills (Q3) 


US Mortgage Applications

EU consumer confidence

Thursday - 21Mar

M&G (Finals)

Direct Line Group (Finals)

Centamin (Finals)

Next (Finals)

Accenture (Q2)

FedEx (Q3)

Nike (Q3)

BOE Rate Decision



Friday - 22 Mar

JD Wetherspoon (Interims)

Phoenix Holdings (Finals)

UK Retail Sales

It is another busy week for UK companies, with many reporting results for the period ending 31 December (or 31 January for those retailers which like to make sure they capture the Christmas numbers in their annual results). We’ll also get retail sales data on Friday, which could give an interesting picture of the health of the market. This is a topic we covered in our weekend newsletter, with the verdict being perhaps the retail market isn’t in as bad a position as some might think. You can read the newsletter online here.

Indeed, it is a busy week for economic indicators, with UK inflation data released on Wednesday. The OBR currently expects the central case for CPI to drop more rapidly than it did last year. Although last month's inflation figures had CPI at 4%, the OBR predicts it will be at the 2% target in 2024 and even below it in 2025. Let’s not hope the correction doesn’t become an over-correction.

Hot on the heels of the inflation data will come the interest rate decision from the Bank of England. At the last meeting, the committee voted by a majority of 6–3 to maintain base rate at 5.25%. However, the dissenters disagreed with which way interests should go next. Two members went for a 25 basis point increase to 5.5%. One member preferred to reduce the rate by 25 basis points to 5%. Since then, the economic data has been variable. Wages were slightly higher than expected, inflation numbers were slightly…

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