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A week for the waiting to end


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Hello and welcome to the working week.

Studies show that delayed gratification is one of the most effective personal traits of successful people. If that is the case, then this is going to be quite the week — and not just for James Bond fans, such as the FT’s Peter Aspden, who finally get to watch the long-awaited No Time to Die film.

Also taking place later than originally billed this week are: the Expo 2020 Dubai; the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, a chance for the country to show off its military prowess and drive for self-sufficiency in its biggest air show; and the London Marathon, taking the UK further down the road of normalisation amid the pandemic. The UK is also ending the (extended) stamp duty holiday that provides tax relief for homebuyers, and its furlough programme, aimed at preventing a pandemic-led unemployment spike.

Talking of coronavirus, Monday brings a key moment for Joe Biden’s $1tn infrastructure bill as it is the deadline for the House of Representatives to vote on the legislation to lift the economy.

One thing that has arrived on time is the UK’s political party conference season. Attention is focused on whether Labour leader Keir Starmer can clearly articulate his vision in his speech to delegates on Wednesday.

Next will be the Conservatives. While Boris Johnson has clear authority over his party, he does have to worry about what former Tory prime minister Harold Macmillan called “events, dear boy”, notably lorry driver shortages and recent sharp rises in the cost of living for Brits.

Once again, thank you for the messages of support, and suggestions, for this newsletter — sent to jonathan.moules@ft.com — and please keep them coming.

Companies

Analysts will be looking a bit further forward than the next seven days when Lego reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The Danish toymaker has maintained impressive growth despite struggling with its development of hybrid physical-digital products. But analysts will want to know whether it can get enough stock into stores for Christmas given global supply chain challenges.

EasyJet is due to announce the result of its surprise rights issue on Monday. Investors would like to know what the airline is doing with the money.

Economic data

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We will get some insight into whether the economic picture is brightening in the eurozone with consumer confidence, unemployment and inflation figures out on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively. We also have consumer confidence measures for the US, France and Germany, and GDP data from the US and Canada.

Key economic and company reports

Here is a more complete list of what to expect in terms of company reports and economic data this week.

Monday

  • EasyJet announces results of its rights issue

  • FedEx AGM

  • UK, Bank of England monthly statistics for capital issuance

  • UK, IHS Markit quarterly Scottish Widows Household Finance Index

Tuesday

  • France, Germany, US: Consumer confidence figures

  • Japan, central bank publishes minutes of its July policy meeting

  • UK, Financial Conduct Authority’s Annual Public Meeting

  • UK, Covid-19 schools infection survey for England

  • UK, Office for National Statistics (ONS) house price data

  • US, Federal Housing Finance Agency monthly house price index

  • Results Ferguson FY, Lego H1, Smiths Group FY

Wednesday

  • EU, Alphabet’s Google starts court appeal to overturn €4.3bn antitrust fine

  • EU, Eurostat economic sentiment and business climate indicators

  • UK, Bank of England consumer credit figures

  • Results Next H1

Thursday

  • Autogrill revenue update

  • China, Markit’s Caixin general manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI)

  • EU, Eurostat’s monthly unemployment figures

  • France, Producer Price Index figures

  • Germany, unemployment and inflation figures

  • Japan, industrial production figures

  • UK, Nationwide monthly house price index

  • UK, ONS revision to quarterly GDP figures

  • US, Department of Commerce quarterly GDP figures

Friday

  • Canada, monthly GDP figures

  • Diageo AGM

  • EU, Eurozone flash inflation figures

  • European Banking Federation’s European Banking Summit, this year held online

  • Germany, retail sales data

  • Italy, Istat monthly unemployment figures and consumer price indices

  • Japan, unemployment rate

  • Spain, Italy, Japan, UK: manufacturing PMIs

  • UK, ONS quarterly business investment figures, Q2 balance of payments, quarterly economic accounts and quarterly consumer trends data

World events

Finally, here is a rundown of other events and milestones this week.

Monday

  • UK, Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey addresses the Society of Professional Economists

  • US, deadline set for House of Representatives to vote on Joe Biden’s $1tn infrastructure plan

Tuesday

  • China, International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition begins

  • Annual European Central Bank central bankers forum, this year held online Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell, ECB president Christine Lagarde, Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda and the Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey are all speaking

  • France, Paris Fashion Week — womenswear — begins in the French capital

  • UK, premier of new James Bond film, No Time To Die, at the Royal Albert Hall

  • US, Bank of England policymaker Catherine Mann discusses inflation on a panel at the annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics

Wednesday

  • UK, election for the next Lord Mayor of the City of London

  • UK, Labour party conference in Brighton ends

  • US, EU-US Trade and Technology Council holds first summit in Pittsburgh to discuss defending critical supply chains and technologies, such as artificial intelligence

  • US, UN Security Council meets in New York to discuss the Middle East

Thursday

  • UK, coronavirus job retention scheme ends

  • UK, people attending nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather in England will need to be fully vaccinated from today

Friday

  • United Arab Emirates, delayed Expo 2020 Dubai begins

  • US, North American International Auto Show starts in Detroit

  • Vatican City, ‘Green pass’ health certificate, showing proof of immunity from Covid-19 now required from visitors to the city state

Saturday

  • Kenya takes over presidency of UN Security Council

  • UK, Black History Month begins

Sunday

  • Germany, celebrations to mark 31 years since reunification

  • UK, Conservative party conference begins in Manchester

  • UK, London Marathon held for first time in 18 months

  • US, International Air Transport Association annual general meeting

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