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Next week’s business highlights from Kantar Media, 12 - 16 February

Sarah Wait

Director of Forward Planning Services

Preview 09.02.2018 / 14:00


Read a preview of the week ahead, and a review of the previous week, from our global forward planning services.

What major events and stories do you need to know about? Plan your week with the Forward Planner insights from Kantar Media…

Monday 12 February

Visa’s UK Consumer Spending Index released

British Retail Consortium and Springboard’s Footfall and Vacancies Monitor published

Which? publishes annual supermarket satisfaction survey

British National Squash Championships begin at the National Squash Centre in Manchester

Tuesday 13 February

UK monthly inflation figures released by the Office for National Statistics

UK Finance publishes its monthly mortgage lending trends statistics

Results announced by TUI Group and PepsiCo

UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg matches begin with Man City and Spurs in action

Wednesday 14 February (Valentine's Day)

Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions released by the Bank of England

German and Japanese GDP figures for the fourth quarter of 2017 published

Credit Suisse Q4 results announced

Chris Froome makes his season debut at the Vuelta a Andalucia aka Ruta del Sol cycling race in Spain

Thursday 15 February

Nestle and Airbus announce full year results

Financial markets closed in China on Chinese New Year Eve

U.S. industrial production figures published

Team GB men’s and women’s curling teams in action at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Friday 16 February

UK monthly retail sales figures released by the ONS

MSC Munich Security Conference opens in Germany, with Theresa May attending

Coca-Cola Company announces Q4 results

Rugby League World Club Challenge: Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos at AAMI Park in Melbourne


Date for your diary…

12 June 2018

International Business Festival opens in Liverpool



Week in Review (5 - 9 February)

Monday 5 February

FTSE 100 falls: The index of Britain's biggest listed companies suffered its worst single-day fall since Theresa May called a snap election in April 2017. It started the day at 7443.43, but finished 1.46% lower on 7334.98. The FTSE 100 fell by a further 2.64% on Tuesday, the biggest drop since the day after the EU referendum in June 2016, before closing higher on Wednesday and lower again on Thursday and on Friday morning.

Other news on Monday

  • Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announces East Coast rail franchise contract will end earlier than expected after a key financial covenant is breached by lead operator Stagecoach
  • Ryanair reports 12% rise in Q3 profits after tax, but says its outlook for the remainder of its financial year is ‘cautious’
  • Australia’s Wesfarmers says it will take a non-cash impairment charge of £454 million before tax on its Homebase retail business in the UK
  • Lloyds Bank says it is banning credit card customers from buying digital currencies such as Bitcoin, whose value continues to fall from December’s peak
  • British Airways owner IAG calls for end to Heathrow Airport’s ‘monopoly’ on its terminals

Tuesday 6 February

Carillion bosses face MPs’ questions over collapse of company: Former Chairman, Chief Executives, and Finance Directors appeared before a joint session of the Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees to discuss the construction and services company, which entered liquidation last month resulting in job losses, delays in construction projects, and concerns over employees’ pensions.

Other news on Tuesday

  • BP reports a 139% increase in annual underlying profits in 2017 compared to the year before. Hargreaves Lansdown and Ocado also published their latest figures
  • Tesco fraud trial is stopped after one of the three defendants suffers a heart attack
  • Network Rail announces that Chief Executive Mark Carne will retire later this year
  • UK retail sales increased by 0.6% on a like-for-like basis and by 1.4% on a total basis in January compared to the same time last year, according to British Retail Consortium and KPMG
  • Ombudsman Services announces that it will withdraw from complaints handling in the property market, which it described as ‘broken’

Wednesday 7 February

Government responds to Taylor review of modern working practices: The ‘Good Work Plan’ outlined plans for millions of flexible workers to receive new rights, including on sick and holiday pay, as part of reforms to ensure employment law and practices keep pace with modern ways of working created by technological change. The proposals came in response to Matthew Taylor’s independent review published last summer.

Other news on Wednesday

  • British Chambers of Commerce calls on Theresa May to give more clarity on Government's Brexit objectives
  • Theresa May tells MPs that the Government will always act in the UK national interest following a question about Melrose’s offer for GKN at Prime Minister’s Questions
  • Law firm launches legal action over Tesco equal pay claim
  • Ofgem extends energy prepayment safeguard tariff to almost one million vulnerable customers
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Redrow, Rio Tinto, and Tullow Oil publish their latest results

Thursday 8 February

Bank of England keeps the bank rate at 0.5%: The nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to maintain the bank rate at its current level, but warned monetary policy would need to be ‘tightened somewhat earlier and by a somewhat greater extent’ than previously anticipated in order to return inflation sustainably to its 2% target.

Other news on Thursday

  • Theresa May and Philip Hammond meet representatives from Japanese companies including Nissan to discuss Brexit
  • TalkTalk announces £200 million share placing and plan to provide full fibre roll out across the UK as it publishes its Q3 results
  • MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee say the Government should learn from Bombardier crisis to safeguard UK businesses
  • Manchester United reports 4% rise in second quarter revenues and Thomas Cook sees 7% first quarter revenue growth
  • Debenhams confirms loss of 320 jobs following store management review

Friday 9 February

Office for National Statistics releases latest short term output indicators: ONS figures showed that the UK trade deficit widened by £1.2 billion in December compared to the previous month, while UK total production decreased by 1.3% and construction output increased by 1.6%.

Other news on Friday

  • Trinity Mirror announces the proposed acquisition of Northern & Shell's publishing assets, including the Express and Daily Star newspapers
  • EE launches 4G home broadband antenna to provide rural homes with faster access to the internet
  • Nationwide Building Society reports underlying profits of £883 million in the third quarter of its financial year
  • NIESR estimates UK GDP growth of 0.5% in the three months to January 2018


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Source : Kantar Media

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