News from retailers and job figures will make the week ahead

WHILE the first couple of days indicate a quiet start for the UK market, activity is likely to increase by the middle of the week.

All eyes will be on consumer price index data tomorrow for any signs of inflation moving one way or another. Tesco reports full year numbers on Wednesday.

The supermarket lost market share in January and its shares slumped 25 per cent. If there is no marked improvement in trading, the food retailer could suffer further falls.

On Wednesday we also have a raft of numbers on the job market, giving insight into the state of UK employment.

The end of the week is dominated by mid-tier retailers.

Despite their size, their numbers will be watched closely for indications of recovery in the UK retail sector.

UK economic figures: RightMove House Prices

UK corporates reporting: Falkland Oil and Gas and Tanfield.

UK economic figures: Corporate Price Index and Retail Price Index.

UK corporates reporting: Xtract Energy and UK Coal.

UK economic figures: Bank of England minutes, weekly earnings, ILO unemployment, jobless claims change

UK corporates reporting: Tesco.

Ex-dividends: Aggreko, BAE Systems, Capita, International Power, Kazakhmys, Legal & General, Old Mutual, Petrofac, Resolution, Smith & Nephew, and Tullow Oil.

UK corporates reporting: WH Smith and Debenhams.

UK economic figures: Retail sales

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