THE WEEK AHEAD

COMPANY NEWS
Barclays will release its full year results tomorrow.

● Miner BHP Billiton will release its half year results on Wednesday.

● French bank Societe Generale will release its fourth quarter results on Wednesday.

● On Thursday, bank BNP Paribas will release its fourth quarter results.

● BAE Systems will release its full year results on Thursday.

● Miner Anglo-American will release full year results on Friday.

ECONOMICS NEWS
● The Bank of Japan announces its headline interest rate decision tomorrow.

It is expected to hold rates steady at their current level of 0–0.10 per cent.

● The preliminary estimate for French fourth quarter GDP growth will be released tomorrow at 6:30 am.

● As will the equivalent German fourth quarter figure at 7:00 am.

● British inflation statistics (RPI and CPI) are also released tomorrow at 9:30am.

● The US Empire State Manufacturing survey data will also be released tomorrow at 1:30pm, as will the US retail sales figures.

● On Wednesday, British unemployment statistics will be released (ILO survey rate and claimant count rate).

● Wednesday will also see the release of the Bank of England quarterly inflation report.

● The Federal Open Market Committee minutes from the meeting of 25-26 January will also be released on Wednesday at 7:00pm.

● On Thursday, the European Monetary Union (EMU) consumer confidence index figure will be released.

● Friday will see the release of UK retail sales statistics.

POLITICAL NEWS
Barack Obama will present his budget request for the 2012 fiscal year to Congress today.

The US is running a 10 per cent budget deficit, and House Republicans are likely to respond aggressively.

● In Iran, the opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi will lead a protest today in solidarity with Egyptian protesters.

● Tomorrow, the controversial Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies bill will be debated again in the House of Lords. The purpose of the bill is to introduce a referendum to change the voting system and to reduce the number of MPs.