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The Week Ahead in Finance (23-06-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (23-06-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Russia-Austria talks: On Tuesday, Russian president Vladmir Putin will visit Austrian president Heinz Fischer to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the South Stream gas pipeline project.

UK first quarter output: The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) will release its third Q1 output estimate on Friday. Analysts expect the original estimate of 0.8% to be revised up to 0.9%, the fastest rate since 2010.

US GDP contraction: US GDP figures will be released on Wednesday, which are expected to show that the world’s largest economy shrank by 1.8% in the first quarter of this year – its first contraction since 2009.

Africa mining strike end: Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will stage a mass-meeting on Monday to announce “breakthroughs” made last week to end the sector’s five-month long strike. Both sides are hopeful that miners will soon be back at work.

Japan CPI rise: A Market News International (MNI) survey showed that economists expect Japan’s core CPI to have risen by 3.4% from a year earlier in May, the greatest rise in over 30 years. Excluding the direct impact of April’s consumption tax hike, the rise is estimated to be 1.4%.

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