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The week ahead

China industrial production and retail sales due
Tuesday: The Chinese economy raised concerns after slowing down sharply in October, following a recent pickup. This week’s numbers will confirm whether that slump was just a blip.

Big week for UK data with inflation, jobs and retail numbers
Tuesday & Wednesday: Inflation figures for November and October unemployment and wages data are expected to show inflation picking up again, with wages remaining resilient.

Will Dixons Carphone’s update signal a share price rise?
Wednesday: It’s been a roller coaster ride for Dixons Carphone since the Brexit vote, with the share price still below its May and June peaks. Will the report confirm the company's upbeat stance?

Bank expected to keep UK rates unchanged
Thursday: The last Bank of England meeting of 2016 will look back at an economy that has confounded its worst estimates in the aftermath of the summer Brexit vote.

Will it be party season for Carnival Cruise?
Friday: In spite of its subsidiary being hit by a $40m fine for environmental damage, Carnival Cruise has bucked the general downtrend and continues to thrive ahead of its full-year results.

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Selected UK & US company earnings schedule

Monday 12 December Results
Aspen Group (US) Q2
Investors Real Estate Trust (US) Q2
KMG Chemicals (US) Q1
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (US) Q2
VeriFone Systems (US) Q4
Tuesday 13 December Results
ABM Industries (US) Q4
Carpetright (UK) Half-year
Finsbury Growth & Income Trust (UK) Q4
HEICO Corp (US) Q4
Hollywood Bowl Group (UK) Full-year
Nordson Corp (US) Q4
Wednesday 14 December Results
Apogee Enterprises (US) Q3
Dixons Carphone (UK) Half-year
F&C Global Smaller Companies (UK) Half-year
Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp (US) Q4
Joy Global (US) Q4
Micro Focus International (UK) Half-year
Pier 1 Imports (US) Q3
Thursday 15 December Results
Adobe Systems (US) Q4
Jabil Circuit (US) Q1
RMR Group (US) Q4
Sanderson Farms (US) Q4
Tungsten Corp (UK) Half-year
Friday 16 December Results
Polar Capital Technology Trust (UK) Half-year

Company announcements are subject to change. All the events listed above were correct at the time of writing.

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