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The Week Ahead in Finance (12-05-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (12-05-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Indian elections conclude: The ninth and final phase of India’s parliamentary elections takes place on Monday, concluding the longest election in the country’s history.

UK inflation report: The Bank of England will publish its latest monthly inflation report on Wednesday. With the UK economy showing strong signs of growth, economists will be looking for reasons as to why the Bank is not yet reducing its stimulus programs.

Japanese growth figures: Attention will also shift to Japan on Wednesday, with the latest growth figures due to be released. Analysts expect GDP to have skyrocketed to an annualized growth rate of 4.2% during Q1 this year, mainly due to high consumer spending prior to the consumption tax hike on April 1.

European Q1 growth estimate: On Thursday, we will be updated on the eurozone’s preliminary estimate of this year’s Q1 growth, with analysts predicting GDP expansion of 0.4%. GDP reports from Germany and France – the continent’s two largest economies – will also be released on this day.

African ratings updates: Friday will see sovereign ratings updates on several African countries from ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch. S&P will release new analyses of Botswana, Egypt, Ghana and Morocco, and Fitch will update on Mozambique.

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