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The Week Ahead in Finance (26-08-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (26-08-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

China lender results: Two of China’s largest lenders, the Agricultural Bank of China and the Industrial and Commerical Bank of China, will release half-year results this week. Both sets of data will be analyzed for any signs of weakness, such as a rise in non-performing loans.

Related article: China’s Fragile New Prosperity

US Q2 growth: The US commerce department’s second GDP estimate on Thursday is likely to show that the world’s largest economy expanded by 4% in Q2 this year. This is thought to be boosted by increases in consumer spending and business investment.

Related article: US economy, signs of hope?

EEU-Ukraine trade talks: Trade talks begin today in Minsk between the Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and Ukraine, with representatives of the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already warned that the discussion “certainly won’t results in a breakthrough”, but will be watched closely for any signs of progress.

Related article: Ukraine’s recovery still rests on shaky ground

Eurozone inflation data: New inflation data for the eurozone will be released on Friday. Analysts are anticipating a further contraction, with 0.3% growth from a year earlier in August from 0.4% in July. This is likely to put extra pressure on the European Central Bank to introduce stronger stimulus measures.

Related article: What are the consequences of negative interest rates?

South Africa Q2 growth: Q2 growth figures for South Africa, Africa’s second largest economy, will be released on today. After a poor Q1 performance exacerbated by the platinum and steel strikes, most economists are expecting subdued GDP growth.

Related article: South Africa Breaks Out

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