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Next week’s business highlights from Kantar Media, 14 - 18 May

Sarah Wait

Director of Forward Planning Services

Preview 11.05.2018 / 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…

Next week’s highlights (14 – 18 May)…

Monday 14 May

Visa publishes its latest UK Consumer Spending Index

Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development quarterly Labour Market Outlook released

British Retail Consortium and Springboard publish their latest Footfall and Vacancies Monitor

Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg football fixture: Fulham v Derby

Tuesday 15 May

UK monthly unemployment figures released by the Office for National Statistics

EU authorities announce flash estimate figures for GDP for the first quarter of 2018

Air France-KLM Annual General Meeting in Paris

Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg football fixture: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough  

Wednesday 16 May

Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions published by the Bank of England’s 12 regional agents

Scottish Government hosts the latest National Economic Forum  

Burberry full year preliminary results announced

Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards presented in London

Thursday 17 May

Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron attend EU-Western Balkans summit in Bulgaria

Results announced by Royal Mail, Manchester United, Mothercare and Asda

Royal London One-Day Cup cricket competition begins

Friday 18 May

Pub licensing hours extended in England and Wales for two nights to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday

AstraZeneca Q1 results announced

NEX General Meeting of shareholders to vote on the proposed acquisition of the company by CME Group

Great CityGames Manchester

Date for your diary…

12 October 2018

World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings open in Bali



Week in Review (7 – 11 May)

Monday 7 May

CYBG announces possible offer for Virgin Money

The Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank owner said on Bank Holiday Monday it had made a preliminary approach regarding a potential all share combination of CYBG and Virgin Money. It now has a Takeover Panel deadline of 4 June to either announce a firm intention to make an offer for Virgin Money or announce that it does not intend to make an offer.

Tuesday 8 May

House prices fall sharply in April

Halifax House Price Index reported a 3.1% fall in house prices in April compared to the previous month. Annually prices were 2.2% higher than in April 2017, although this was less than the 2.7% annual growth recorded in March.

Other news on Tuesday:

  • Apollo says it does not intend to make an offer for FirstGroup, and Takeda announces agreement on its takeover offer for Shire
  • Competition and Markets Authority refers SSE Retail / Npower merger for an in-depth review
  • Association of British Insurers and British Insurance Brokers’ Association announce new plan to help tackle excessive premium differences between long standing and new customers
  • Resolution Foundation says a £10,000 'citizen’s inheritance' should be given to all young adults to support skills, entrepreneurship, housing and pension saving
  • Rail Delivery Group announces new consultation to make ticketing fairer and easier for customers

Wednesday 9 May

Retail sales ‘fall off a cliff’ in April

British Retail Consortium and KPMG’s latest Retail Sales Monitor showed that UK retail sales decreased by 4.2% on a like-for-like basis in April compared to the same month in 2017. Total sales fell year-on-year by 3.1%, the sharpest decline recorded by the monitor since its inception in January 1995

Other news on Wednesday:

  • Vodafone announces €18.4 billion acquisition of Liberty Global's operations in Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania
  • Latest financial results published by Greggs, JD Wetherspoon, Provident Financial, St. Modwen and Tui
  • Capita shareholders approve £701 million rights issue at a General Meeting
  • Competition and Markets Authority secures £2 million in compensation for care home residents of Sunrise Senior Living as part of its investigation into compulsory ‘upfront fees’
  • BMW recalls 300,000 cars in UK over stalling risk

Thursday 10 May

BT announces 13,000 job cuts

The company said the mainly back office and middle management roles will be reduced over three years and that it plans to move out of its central London headquarters in order to cut costs by £1.5 billion. It also reported an 11% rise in pre-tax profits to £2.6 billion for its last financial year.

Other news on Thursday:

  • Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee vote by 7-2 to maintain the interest rate at 0.5%
  • RBS announces it has reached a $4.9 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding an investigation into residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Office for National Statistics says UK industrial production increased 0.1% month-on-month in March, while the UK trade deficit narrowed and construction output fell in Q1
  • RICS report reveals UK house prices fell slightly in April, driven by a slowdown especially in London and the South East
  • ITV, Morrisons, Next and Superdry publish their latest figures

Friday 11 May

ZPG announces takeover by U.S. company

The board of ZPG announced it had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition by Silver Lake. The 490 pence per share offer would value the owner of Zoopla and uSwitch at £2.2 billion

Other news on Friday:

  • Barclays Chief Executive Jes Staley is fined £642,430 by Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority over whistleblowing scandal
  • Npower announces domestic standard energy prices will increase from 17 June, becoming the latest of the so-called ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers to announce price rises this spring
  • Carpetright says it has obtained a £15 million shareholder loan to provide interim funding ahead of the launch of an equity capital raising on or around 18 May
  • Interserve says it is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its exited energy from waste business
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for £1 billion navy shipbuilding contracts to stay in the UK

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Source : Kantar Media

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