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Next week’s business highlights from Kantar Media, 29 January

Sarah Wait

Director of Forward Planning Services

Preview 26.01.2018 / 12:00


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CBI and PwC Quarterly Financial Services Survey published

Centre for Cities launches its annual Cities Outlook report, focusing on how automation, artificial intelligence and globalisation will affect UK cities in the coming decades

Bank of England publishes its latest Asset Purchase Facility Quarterly Report

ATP and WTA tennis world rankings published following the Australian Open


Bank of England Governor Mark Carney appears before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee

Treasury Committee quizzes RBS bosses on the bank’s treatment of small businesses

McDonald’s Q4 results announced

UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 competition begins in Slovenia


UK monthly automotive manufacturing figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. Figures cover December and the full year 2017

HMRC Self Assessment online tax return deadline

Facebook, Santander, Microsoft and eBay announce latest results

Scottish Premiership football fixtures


Results announcements from Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Shell

Deloitte Sports Business Group publishes its analysis of the January football transfer window

Wal-Mart Stores changes its legal name to Walmart Inc to reflect ‘its growing status as an omni-channel retailer’

PDC Premier League Darts competition begins in Dublin


BT Group Q3 results announced

CIPS/Markit Construction Purchasing Managers Index published for January

Cineworld shareholders vote on the acquisition of Regal Entertainment Group and a Rights Issue to raise approx £1.7 billion

2018 Women’s 6 Nations opening fixture: Wales v Scotland at Eirias Park


Date for your diary: 13 March 2018

Consumer Prices Inflation Basket of Goods and Services 2018 annual review published @ONS


The Week in Review (22 - 26 January)

Monday 22 January

Dixons Carphone Christmas trading statement published

The electrical and telecommunications retailer said like-for-like revenue was up 6% in the 10 weeks to 6 January 2018. The company also announced the appointment of Alex Baldock to succeed Sebastian James as Chief Executive in April

Other news on Monday

  • Former Treasury Minister Lord Jim O'Neill says global economic growth could ‘dwarf’ Brexit’s impact on the UK economy
  • Ocado announces partnership with Sobeys to develop an online business in Canada
  • Shares in British gambling companies fall amid speculation that the Government could lower the limit on betting shop terminals to £2
  • Financial Conduct Authority publishes consultation on proposals to enable more small firms to access the Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Tesco announces new operational structure, with loss of 1,700 shop floor jobs

Tuesday 23 January

‘Fox / Sky deal not in the public interest’, says the CMA

Competition and Markets Authority provisionally found the proposed acquisition of Sky by 21st Century Fox was ‘not in the public interest due to media plurality concerns’. The CMA set out a series of potential remedies for addressing its concerns before it sends a final report to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock by 1 May. He will then make the final decision on the proposal

Other news on Tuesday

  • easyJet first quarter sales rise. Updates are also released by IG Group, Marston’s, N Brown, and Pets at Home
  • Public sector net borrowing was £2.6 billion in December 2017, the lowest December net borrowing since 2000 according to the ONS
  • Sainsbury’s announces management shakeup, putting thousands of store manager jobs at risk
  • Manchester United tops the Deloitte Football Money League
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting opens in Davos

Wednesday 24 January

ONS releases monthly unemployment figures

Office for National Statistics figures showed that unemployment fell by 3,000 in the three months to November to 1.44 million, with the unemployment rate at 4.3%. Average weekly earnings fell by 0.5% including bonuses, and by 0.2% excluding bonuses when adjusted for price inflation

Other news on Wednesday

  • World Economic Forum continues in Davos, with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron among speakers
  • WH Smith and JD Wetherspoon issue trading updates
  • Countrywide announces the resignation of Alison Platt as Chief Executive, with Peter Long becoming Executive Chairman until a successor is appointed  
  • Association for Consultancy and Engineering report calls for the introduction of ‘dynamic road user pricing’
  • The Presidents Club announces it will close down following undercover investigation of its annual dinner

Thursday 25 January

Theresa May meets Donald Trump and gives speech in Davos

The UK Prime Minister delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and held a bilateral meeting with the U.S. President. Thursday’s speakers also included Chancellor Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

Other news on Thursday

  • Sky, ASOS, Diageo, Hornby, Greene King and Anglo American publish their latest results
  • Association of British Insurers says trade credit insurers expect to pay £31 million in claims to Carillion suppliers
  • Water UK announces national scheme by water companies to cut plastic bottle use
  • JP Morgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon says the company could cut its UK workforce by more than a quarter as a result of Brexit
  • HMRC reveals it has stopped thousands of taxpayers from receiving scam text messages

Friday 26 January

UK growth figures released

Office of National Statistics preliminary data showed that Gross Domestic Product increased by 0.5% in the final quarter of 2017 and by 1.8% for the whole of 2017. Revised figures will be published on 22 February

Other news on Friday

  • Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says a 'deeper relationship’ with the EU would be better for UK growth
  • Final day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Donald Trump gives a speech and Mark Carney participates in a panel discussion titled ‘What lies ahead for the global economy in 2018?’
  • Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union announce negotiators have finalised details of a proposed agreement covering issues such as pensions, pay, a shorter working week, workplace culture, and operational changes


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Source : Kantar Media

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