Reports on bank lending to take the centre stage - London Week Ahead

THIS week will see a flurry of announcements regarding bank lending. The Bank of England on Thursday will publish the figures for its Funding for Lending scheme, followed by the latest data on the Help-to-Buy scheme the following day.

The British Bankers’ Association will publish its figures for mortgage ap­­provals today. That will be backed up tomorrow by November data on UK house prices, courtesy of Nationwide.

No less important will be the result of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ summit in Vienna, on Thursday.

Economists are increasingly expecting the cartel to take some action to prop up the international price of crude, which has plummeted below $80 a barrel in recent weeks.

Today, the following companies issue reports: Accsys Technologies; Crans­wick, Eckoh; GB Group and Solid State.

Tomorrow reports will come from Accumuli, AO World, Byotrol, Caled­onia Investments, Chamberlin, Creston, Custodian Reit, De La Rue, Essar Energy, KCOM Group, Renold, Scapa Group, Severfield, Severn Trent, Cambria Automobiles, Green­core Group, Mitchells & But­lers, Paragon Group Of Comp­anies, Re­new Holdings, Sanderson Group, Topps Tiles and Zoopla Property Group.

There will also be trading announcements tomorrow from IG Group Holdings and Kingfisher.

On Wednesday, the following companies report: 600 Group, Findel, First Property Group, Hogg Robinson Group, IGas Energy, LondonMetric Property, Omega Diagnostics Group, Patisserie Holdings, Private & Commercial Finance Group, Telford Homes, United Utilities Group, Britvic, Compass Group, Daily Mail and General Trust A and Thomas Cook Group.

There will be an annual statement from Webis Hold­ings.

Thursday sees the following companies publish reports: Acal, Digital Barriers, Mountview Estates, Palace Capital, PayPoint, Poundland Group, RPC Group, ULS Technology, VP, Impax Asset Management Group, Marston’s, Shaftesbury and SSP Group.

Pennon Group and Real Estate Credit Investments report on Friday, as does Zambeef Products.

Tracsis will issue an annual report.