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The Week Ahead in Finance (11-08-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (11-08-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Japan's Q2 GDP: The Bank of Japan will announce its second quarter GDP on Wednesday, which is expected to confirm a 1.8% retraction from the previous quarter due to the sales tax hike in April and a subsequent pullback in consumer spending. This would be the first contraction for seven quarters, and the sharpest decline in growth since 2009.

Related article: What next for Abenomics and the Bank of Japan?

BoE's inflation and forecasts: Wednesday will also see the latest quarterly inflation report and economic forecasts from the Bank of England. As employment and growth prospects continue to climb up in the UK, economists are postulating that a rates rise may come sooner than was expected.

Related article: The UK public finances continue to disappoint us

Economic sentiment in Germany: On Tuesday, we will see the latest from Germany’s ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment, which is likely to show a decline in optimism for the eight consecutive month. With recent discouraging data, analysts are expecting perceptions on current conditions and forecasts for the future to show the biggest deterioration.

Related article: What if Germany were forced out of the euro?

US output and sentiment data: Friday will be a busy day for the United States; data from producer price inflation, industrial production, and preliminary August consumer sentiment figures will be released. Analysts are anticipating improved output and sentiment levels.

Related article: FOMC and optimism: an uber-dove at the helm means markets are only going up in 2014

Effects of Ebola virus in Nigeria: Nigeria’s information minister Labaran Maku will speak to reporters on Wednesday, with questions about the spread of the Ebola virus likely to be prominent. This follows declaration of a “national emergency” in the nation, and an allocation of $11m to help contain spread of the virus.

Related article: Nigeria tackles the albatross of corruption

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