THE WEEK AHEAD

COMPANY NEWS
• Travel company Thomas Cook group is going to announce its second quarter interim management statement on Tuesday. This will be followed by figures being released by TUI Travel on Thursday, where we may see indication of how the Middle East turmoil affected the performance of travel companies.

• Housebuilder Bellway will be announcing its interim profits on Wednesday.

Apple will be hoping that it will be celebrating its 35th birthday on Friday with news of a successful first week of sales of the latest incarnation of the iPad.
ECONOMICS News
• On Monday, the US will announce personal income and spending figures for February.

• Tuesday will see the release of Japanese overall household spending figures for February.

• Tuesday will also see the release of Japanese unemployment figures. It is expected that the decline in industrial production will have yet to hit employment figures.

• Figures will be announced on Tuesday of the number of UK mortgage approvals in February.

• The US non-farm payroll figures will be released on Friday.
POLITICAL NEWS
• On Monday, drinkers will be hit by a 7.2 per cent hike in tax on a pint of beer. This comes ahead of proposals to be tabled by Sarah Woolaston on Wednesday which would give the state further control over alcohol advertising.

• On Monday, John Woodcock will be proposing legislation on a matter that weighs heavily on many peoples’ minds: protection of Bowling Greens (Development Control).

• On Tuesday, the UK is to host a summit to discuss the military action in Libya and implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.