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The Week Ahead in Finance (08-09-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (08-09-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

New data from Europe: Europe opens the week with a stream of data, including Q2 GDP for Portugal, July trade data for Germany and business confidence levels in France.

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South Africa's current account deficit: The South African Reserve Bank will release its quarterly bulletin in Tuesday. Analysts expect the region’s current account deficit to have widened to 5.2% GDP from 4.5% in the previous quarter, putting more pressure on the rand.

Related article: Why South Africa is struggling to match Sub-Saharan Africa's growth

Key US economic indicators: Also on Tuesday, the United States’ National Federation of Independent Businesses will release this month’s small business optimism index, and the US Labor Department will report job openings and labor turnover for July. Economists will be paying close attention, as this is one of the Federal Reserve’s favored economic indicators.

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New Chinese inflation figures: China will report on last month’s inflation figures on Thursday. Economists expect consumer inflation to have fallen short of the government’s target rate.

Related article: Stability Proves Testing for China

Russia's interest rates: On Friday, attention will turn to Russia’s central bank as it announces its latest benchmark interest rate, which is expected to remain unchanged at 8%. EU ministers are set to meet in Milan to discuss the region’s progress towards a banking union.

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