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Tue 16 Aug
Is UK inflation on the up? 
Sterling’s sharp decline in the wake of June’s Brexit vote may have put upward pressure on the consumer price index. After June’s rise to 0.5%, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see further upward pressure in July’s numbers.

Carney to face Treasury Select Committee grilling
Having embarked on a controversial easing programme, Bank of England governor Mark Carney is likely to come under fierce scrutiny from MP’s who feel the Bank is over-reacting in the face of a lack of hard evidence.

Wed 17 Aug
UK unemployment & wages steady – for now 
It remains too early to glean any clues following Brexit, but at least companies were still hiring steadily in the lead-up to the vote. June’s unemployment is expected to remain at 4.9%, with earnings staying at 2.3%.

Will July’s FOMC minutes mislead the markets? 
After recent improved data, there’s a risk the FOMC could paint a generally more positive outlook for the US economy, raising market perception that an early September rate rise is more likely.

US retailers feel the heat
Wal-Mart’s acquisition of web retailer shows the effect the likes of Amazon are having on traditional retail. Q2 updates from Target (Wed), Lowe's (Wed) and Wal-Mart (Thu) are likely to point to an increasingly competitive environment.

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Selected company earnings (15-19 August)

Monday 15 AugustResults
Bovis Homes (UK)Half-year
Clarkson (UK)Half-year
Ithaca Energy (UK)Half-year
Tribal Group (UK)Q2
Tuesday 16 AugustResults
Advance Auto Parts (US)Q2 
Cairn Energy (UK)Half-year
H&T Group (UK)Half-year
Home Depot (US)Q2 
John Menzies (UK)Half-year
John Wood Group (UK)Half-year
Mears Group (UK)Half-year
Polypipe Group (UK)Half-year
Wednesday 17 AugustResults
Admiral (UK)Half-year
Agilent Technologies (US)Q3
Analog Devices (US)Q3
Balfour Beatty (UK)Half-year
Cisco Systems (US)Q4
CLS (UK)Half-year
Gem Diamonds (UK)Half-year
L Brands (US)Q2
Lookers (UK)Half-year
Lowe's (US)Q2
Staples (US)Q2
Target (US)Q2
Thursday 18 AugustResults
Applied Materials (US)Q2
Capital & Regional (UK)Half-year
Hormel Foods (US)Q2
KAZ Minerals (UK)Half-year
Premier Oil (UK)Half-year
Rank Group (UK)Full-year
Ross Stores (US)Q2
Wal-Mart Stores (US)Q2
Friday 19 August Results
Deere & Co (US)Q3
Estee Lauder (US)Q4
Foot Locker (US)Q2
Madison Square Garden (US)Q4

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

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