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This week brings financial and employment reports and Nicola Sturgeon at the Covid inquiry – The Week Ahead

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The week will begin with the absence of any relevant macroeconomic data anywhere.

European President Ursula von der Leyen will be in Rome, Italy, participating in the Italy-Africa Summit.

On Tuesday, however, various GDP data will be published, in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the entire Eurozone. Also, we will know the evolution of inflation in Spain in the month of January, after registering a slight moderation at the end of 2023. At the same time, the industrial production price index in Italy will be published. In addition, we will also find out the trend of consumer confidence in the Eurozone.

On Wednesday, France will publish its inflation and production price data. In addition, we will know retail sales in Spain. On a day in which, together with the unemployment rate reference in Germany and Italy, the trend of inflationary pressures in Germany in the month of January will also be relevant, after its significant rise in December and in a situation marked by the possible impact of the Red Sea situation on value chains.

On Thursday, inflation data and the final reading of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI will be published. At the same time, in the UK we will know the decision of the Bank of England, projecting that the monetary entity will choose for the fourth consecutive time to maintain official interest rates at 5.25%.

Finally, the week will close with data on industrial production in France, as well as registered unemployment in Spain.

At the business level, the publication of results from BBVA, Banco Santander, CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell, Ryanair, H&M, Novo Nordisk, Norvartis, ING, Deutsche Bank, Shell, BNP Paribas, Roche will stand out; together with the payment of dividends from Iberdrola and Sacyr. Also, the general meeting of Logista shareholders.

In the UK, the second reading of the Rwanda asylum bill takes place in the House of Lords on Monday.

Get your “pet names for politicians” bingo cards ready for Wednesday as Nicola Sturgeon appears at the Covid inquiry, following last week´s revelations of some of her flowery descriptions for colleagues, particularly in the Westminster bubble, but on a more serious note the direction is expected to be led by allegations of instructions to delete WhatsApp messages, although at least that would be a clearly defined instruction, rather than weak excuses of the phone back-up thingy that didn´t take place sort of thing kind of who knows excuse of some of those previously described political leaders.

Michael Gove is first up on Monday however, so we can expect more, “I can´t answer that”, “I don´t recall”, “that question has already been answered” defences, exactly what the families of those who are victims of the situation do not want to hear in their call for “answers”.

Currently protected and identified as Girl X and Boy Y, the killers of Brianna Ghey will be revealed on Friday at Manchester Crown Court for their sentencing on Friday. Ghey, 16, was found dead on February 11, 2023, after suffering from stab wounds in Linear Park, Culceth, Liverpool.

And whilst some Tory MPs are claiming crime is down in the UK, with X, formally Twitter, once again having to correct their claims as false, on Tuesday we will discover the annual stats on violent crime, as well as fraud and computer misuse.

This week also sees the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, and the 4th anniversary of so-called Brexit Day, with more people than ever registering the opinion that it was a mistake, even before the next price hike on food and further medicine shortages predicted later this year.

On a lighter note, we also have the Grammy awards to look forward to, and Facebook´s birthday, as well as Apple Vision Pro going on sale, and the latest RAJAR radio listener figures will be released.

Finaly, World Cancer Day is upon up, and as a condition that in one way or another has directly impacted pretty much everybody, the theme for this year is to close the gap in cancer care and for us all to raise our voices to those in power for more equitable treatment.

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