GDP and consumer confidence rises reflect UK growth - London Report

GDP growth is this week likely to be confirmed at 0.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter for the final three months of 2014.

That growth is likely to be reflected further on Friday with consumer confidence for February at a 12-year high.

The corporate week starts today with reports from Associated British Foods, Bovis Homes, HSBC and Unite. Tomorrow Aer Lingus, Ashmore, BHP Billiton, Croda, Drax, GKN, Just Retirement, Meggitt, Mondi, Persimmon and Provident Financial will update the market.

On Wednesday, Barratt, Brit Henderson, Hays, Henderson, Man Group, Petrofac, St James’s Place, TSB and Weir will give figures.

On Thursday British American Tobacco, Capita, Countrywide, Derwent London, Domino’s Pizza, Interserve, Jupiter, Ladbrokes, Merlin, National Express, Premier Oil, RBS, Reed Elsevier, Robert Walters, RSA and Travis Perkins will report and on Friday Intu, Lloyds, Old Mutual, Pearson, Rentokil, Restaurant Group, Rightmove, UBM and William Hill will give figures.

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