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FTSE results season is still hotting up with a number of big companies reporting their numbers over the coming days, including my personal favourite, Relx (due to announce numbers on Thursday 15 February).

It’s also quite a big week on the economics front with January’s inflation metrics set to be announced on Wednesday 14 February. This time last year inflation (as measured by the consumer price index) was almost at its pinnacle (CPI figures peaked at 9.2% in February) and have since crawled down. But December’s figures were disappointingly steady at 4.2%, pouring cold water on the hope that base rates will be slashed rapidly in the coming months.

Dunelm’s results (due to be announced on the same day as the inflation figures) might shed a bit more light on the impact the high base rate is having on consumer spending. People tend to spend less on big household items when interest rates are high and the economy is faltering.

We’ll also have GDP figures on Thursday, but as those are backwards looking, they’re less likely to have an impact on the market than the inflation data.

Coming up this week…

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Day Big UK earnings US company reporting Economic announcements
Monday - 12 Feb
Tuesday - 13 Feb TUI Q1 trading update Coca-Cola Q4 results
AirBnB Q4 results
Wednesday - 14 Feb Dunelm interim results
Severn Trent trading update
Kraft Heinz Q4 results Retail, consumer and producer price index data
Thursday - 15 Feb Relx final results
Centrica final results
Ex-dividend date for many big UK income payers

Deere & Co Q4 results

GDP figures
Friday - 16 Feb Natwest final results

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