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The Week Ahead in Finance (18-08-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (18-08-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Further growth for UK? On Tuesday, the United Kingdom will release July’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) readings. Inflation is expected to have remained steady at 1.9% from the year before, with core inflation likely to have crept up to 2.2% year on year growth. As confidence grows, speculation is mounting that a rates rise could come sooner than predicted.

Related article: The UK Recession is Officially Over

China's slowdown: Economists will also be paying attention to China this week as its preliminary manufacturing PMI is released on Thursday. A deterioration of 51.5 from 51.7 is expected which, after weak industrial production and retail sales figures, would strongly suggest a slowdown in Q3 growth.

Related article: Rebooting China

FOMC minutes released: The Federal Reserve will release the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) policy-setting meeting. Labor market conditions are improving faster than expected, and these minutes might be used to look for clues as to when officials might raise rates.

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

African sovereign ratings: Africa will receive three sovereign ratings updates on Friday. Moody’s will release new analysis for Botswana and Mozambique, with Standard & Poor’s publishing updates for Congo.

Related article: Africa's Structural Transformation Challenge

European PMI releases: Thursday will see a series of Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) releases in Europe. With several economic sanctions still taking hold between Europe and Russia, and ongoing tensions in Ukraine, guages are expected to be much lower than before.

Related article: EU and US sanctions on Russia bite both ways

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