View the top 6 stories to watch (8-12 August) and our key company earnings schedule.

Video: UK rates cut to new record low

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Chinese data to set the agenda
This week’s macroeconomic data will be dominated by China. The world’s second biggest economy publishes trade balance (Mon), inflation (Tue), industrial production (Thu) and retail sales (Thu) numbers.

Are low interest rates affecting insurers?
Low interest rates are threatening insurers’ ability to earn the returns needed to pay out on some insurance products. Standard Life (Tue), Legal & General (Tue) and Prudential (Wed) report this week.

Can its cable channels boost Disney?
Disney (Tue) shares are languishing 20% down from the record high reached before the release of ‘Star Wars: A Force Awakens’ last year. The outlook for its cable channels, including ESPN, will be closely watched.

Are luxury goods back in fashion?
The luxury sector is starting to recover from anti-graft policies in China, which hit demand. The likes of Coach (Tue), Michael Kors (Wed) and Ralph Lauren (Wed) update the markets.

Will New Zealand follow Australia’s lead?
The Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates to record lows last week, so the pressure is now on the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Wed) to match the action of its biggest trading partner.

How healthy is the US retail sector?
The retail sector is front and centre for US stocks and the dollar this week. Look out for US retail sales (Fri) plus earnings from Macy’s (Thu), Kohl’s (Thu), Nordstrom (Thu) and JC Penney (Fri).

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Selected company earnings (8-12 August)

Monday 8 AugustResults
Allergan (US)Q2
Brookdale Senior Living (US)Q2
Colony Starwood Homes (US)Q2
Computer Science (US)Q1
DaVita (US)Q2
Hertz (US)Q2
Horizon Pharma (US)Q2
LendingClub (US)Q2
Nevro (US)Q2
Nuance Communications (US)Q3
ON Semiconductor (US)Q2
Platform Specialty Products (US)Q2
Primerica (US)Q2
Rackspace Hosting (US)Q2
Sotheby's (US)Q2
Tyson Foods (US)Q3
Telit Communications (UK)Half-year
VTTI Energy (US)Q2
Zeltiq Aesthetics (US)Q2
Tuesday 9 AugustResults
AMAG Pharmaceuticals (US)Q2
Amec (UK)Half-year
Berry Plastics (US)Q3
Charter Communications (US)Q2
Cheniere Energy (US)Q2
Coach (US)Q4
Epiq Systems (US)Q2
Exelon (US)Q2
Hargreaves Services (UK)Full-year
Herc (US)Q2
Incyte (US)Q2
Ionis Pharmaceuticals (US)Q2
Legal & General (UK)Half-year
Medivation (US)Q2
Mylan (US)Q2
Nexstar Broadcasting (US)Q2
Norwegian Cruise Line (US)Q2
NRG Energy (US)Q2
Scripps Networks (US)Q2
SIG (UK)Half-year
SolarCity (US)Q2
Spirax-Sarco (UK)Half-year
Standard Life (UK)Half-year
SunPower (US)Q2
Synthomer (UK)Half-year
TransDigm (US)Q3
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (US)Q2
Walt Disney (US)Q3
Wayfair (US)Q2
WhiteWave Foods (US)Q2
Worldpy Group (UK)Half-year
Yelp (US)Q2
Wednesday 10 AugustResults
Aramark (US)Q3
Avnet (US)Q4
Flowers Foods (US)Q2
G4S (UK)Half-year
Interserve (UK)Half-year
Michael Kors (US)Q1
Prudential (UK)Half-year
Ralph Lauren (US)Q1
Shake Shack (US)Q2
Stock Spirits (UK)Half-year
Wendy's (US)Q2
Thursday 11 AugustResults
Aldermore (UK) Half-year
Cineworld (UK)Half-year
Derwent London (UK)Half-year
Kohl's (US)Q2
Hastings (UK)Half-year
Macy's (US)Q2
Manitowoc (US)Q2
Nordstrom (US)Q2
Old Mutual (UK)Half-year
Pagegroup (UK)Half-year
Tritax Big Box REIT (UK)Half-year
TT Electronics (UK)Half-year
Friday 12 AugustResults
Lookers (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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