View the top five stories to look out for (22-26 August) plus our key company earnings schedule.

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Is the outlook positive for eurozone manufacturing? 
Purchasing managers in Europe have mostly looked through Brexit risks, whereas those in the UK seem much more fearful. Given the subsidence of uncertainty since the vote, this improvement is set to continue in PMIs from Germany, France and the eurozone this week.

How are US budget stores performing? 
Top North American dollar stores (the US version of pound shops) Dollar General and Dollar Tree report earnings on Thursday, a year on from the merger of the latter and rival Family Dollar.

What’s the latest trend for fashion retailers? 
At the other end of the scale, upmarket US jeweller and UK shoemaker Tiffany and Jimmy Choo also report on Thursday, amid signs from retail sales data that US consumption is picking up.

Could Yellen’s Jackson Hole speech offer rate clues?
Traders will hope to look through any political-grandstanding to garner the opinion of the Federal Reserve's top policymaker, Janet Yellen, on the timing of the next US rate hike as she testifies at Jackson Hole (Thu/Fri).

UK and US economies under scrutiny
The second revision of UK Q2 GDP (Fri) will include data closer to the EU referendum, so will be a better guide on pre-Brexit Britain. The slowdown in Q2 US growth has reduced expectations for a September rate hike, so markets will look for anything to change that outlook (Fri).

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Selected company earnings (22-26 August)

Monday 22 AugustResults
Wireless Group (UK)Half-year
Tuesday 23 AugustResults
Best Buy (US)Q2
Hansteen (UK)Half-year
Intuit (US)Q4
JM smucker (US)Q1
Persimmon (UK)Half-year
Wednesday 24 AugustResults
Carillion (UK)Half-year
Costain Group (UK)Half-year
Headlam Group (UK)Half-year
OneSavings Bank (UK)Half-year
Workday (US)Q2
WPP (UK)Half-year
Xaar (UK)Half-year
Thursday 25 AugustResults
Anglo Pacific Group (UK)Half-year
Autodesk (US)Q2
Dollar General (US)Q2
Dollar Tree (US)Q2
GameStop (US)Q2
Henry Boot (UK)Half-year
Jimmy Choo (UK)Half-year
Seadrill (US)Q2
Seadrill Partners (US)Q2
Signet Jewelers (US)Q2
Spire Healthcare Group (UK)Half-year
Splunk (US)Q2
STV Group (UK)Half-year
Tiffany (US)Q2
Ulta Salon Cosmetics (US)Q2
Zayo Group (US)Q4

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

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