THE WEEK AHEAD

COMPANY NEWS
Bovis Homes will announce its final year results on Monday. They are expected to be decent, with the company planning the resumption of dividend payments.

● Also expect good news on dividends on Tuesday. The German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company BMW will announce its results and is expected to bump up dividend payments to €1.30 per share.

G4S will also announce on Tuesday. The international security solutions group protects rock stars and sports stars, people and property.

● The chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli will be eager for the sweet smell of success when it announces on Tuesday.

● On Wednesday, Wacker Chemie will announce. We will see if the chemical company is in its element.

● The global aviation group Deutsche Lufthansa will hope to see soaring profits when it releases its profits this Thursday.

● On Friday, Jupiter will announce its final year results.
The fund management group manages investments for both private and institutional investors. It will be banking on reporting a successful year.

ECONOMICS NEWS
● On Tuesday, the Bank of Japan will announce its decision on interest rates. Currently Japan has the lowest at 0.05 per cent.

● The UK’s ILO unemployment rate for January will be released on Wednesday. A key indicator for the health of the economy.

● On Wednesday, the Norges Bank will announce on rates, while the Swiss National Bank will do the same on Thursday. Both Scandinavian countries have hinted that rates will rise soon.

● On Thursday, The Bank of England will publish its Inflation Attitudes Survey. Sober reading for sure.

POLITICAL NEWS
Philip Hammond will be up in front of the Transport Select Committee on Monday, answering a flurry of questions on the recent adverse weather conditions.

● On Monday and Tuesday, Ireland’s new finance minister Michael Noonan will meet his European counterparts at the Ecofin conference.

● The Federal Open Market Committee will meet on Tuesday. An announcement will be made on whether QE2 will be wound up at the end of June as planned.

● The University and College Union is planning for strike action across Scottish universities over pension reform. A sign of things to come?