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The Week Ahead in Finance (24-03-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (24-03-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Transatlantic Trade: EU leaders are meeting US president Barack Obama to continue talks on the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The meeting will remove all tariffs on bilateral trade, in an ambitious step towards the world’s largest free-trade deal.

UK Inflation: Another four-year low in UK inflation is expected this week as petrol prices have dropped and the pound is strengthening. Data released on Friday is expected to confirm UK growth of 0.7% in Q4 of 2013, and an annual current account deficit of $58bn.

US Data: The US will see an influx of data this week, including the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index, February home sales and February durable goods orders.

China’s growth: There have been recent concerns over a break in Chinese growth. Manufacturing data released on Monday is expected to incite a series of governmental measures to revive the country’s economy.

Ivory Coast Summit: The Economic Community of West African States is holding a summit to discuss expansion of the African currency union. Several of the 15 nations have agreed a plan to introduce a common currency, the eco, in the next few years.

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Tags: African currency union , Barack Obama , Brussels , China , Conference Board , consumer confidence , eco , Economic Community of West African States , EU , European Union , free trade , Free Trade Zone , growth , inflation , manufacturing , petrol , sterling , Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership , TTIP , UK , US , West Africa
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