Week ahead in business and economics: June 2-6

//Week ahead in business and economics: June 2-6

Week ahead in business and economics: June 2-6

Week ahead in business and economics

The retailer is forecast to post a 4pc decline in UK like-for-like sales by
its brokers Barclays and Deutsche Bank, highlighting the strain on the major
supermarkets from the discounters and a developing price war. The drop in
sales in Wednesday’s trading update will cover the three months
to May 24, with Tesco also shrinking in Europe and Asia.

Clive Black, analyst at Shore Capital, said the drop in UK sales would have
been “almost unfathomable in times past”, and said shareholders would remain
concerned about the robustness of earnings forecasts. He added: “We also
contend that the sustainability of the UK trading strategy by the market
leader may come under much greater scrutiny too as it simply does not seem
to be working.

“At no stage do we believe Tesco’s management has been budgeting for
like-for-like sales to be as weak as they may have been in recent months.”


Interim results RWS Holdings

Economics UK manufacturing PMI for May, UK mortgage approvals and net
mortgage lending for April, UK consumer credit for April, eurozone
manufacturing PMI for May, US manufacturing PMI for May

AGMs: Anglo-Eastern Plantations, Ruspetro

EGM: Acal


• Water and waste management group Pennon will be updating the
market on progress with its growing “Energy from Waste” (EfW) business when
it releases its full-year results this week. Profits from this unit, which
burns landfill to generate energy, are expected to double by the end of
2016. The group already runs two EfW plants with six more under
construction, and analysts will be watching for plans on new openings.
Rivals, Severn Trent and United Utilities, will be watching closely for news
on Pennon’s response to the water regulator’s price review. Pennon’s water
arm, South West Water, is one step ahead of its listed rivals in the review
process, after winning fast-track status. Ofwat has published draft
proposals for South West Water and Pennon has until June 4 to respond.

Wolseley, the plumbing and building supplies group, is expected
to announce a slight decline in profits when it reports third-quarter
numbers, with the strong pound making overseas income less valuable on a
sterling basis. The company, which runs the Plumb Center retail brand and
its US counterpart Ferguson, is likely to have benefited from good weather
in Europe in the three months to the end of April, although cold conditions
in the US will have had an impact. Shareholders are likely to be looking out
for any hints from chief executive Ian Meakins of the roadmap for dividend

Full-year results Establishment Investment Trust, LondonMetric
Property, Pennon Group, Severfield

Trading update Wolseley

Economics UK construction PMI for May, UK Nationwide house price index
for May, US factory orders for April

AGMs: Oxford Biomedica


Findel, the online retailer and education supplier, is expected
to post strong full-year results after a good third quarter in its latest
numbers. Consensus expectations predict full-year revenue to be £517m, up
from £491m in 2013, and profit-before-tax of £22m, up from £11.9m a year
earlier. Matthew McEachran and Mark Photiades, analysts at N+1 Singer, note
that Findel’s results will show the results of buying a new Shanghai office,
but said that all the leading indicators are positive. “We are optimistic
that growth can be delivered in the future,” said the analysts.

Full-year results Advanced Computer Software Group, Findel, RPC Group,
Synergy Health, Workspace Group

Interim results Alternative Networks

Trading update Tesco

Economics UK services PMI for May, eurozone composite and services PMI
for May, G7 leaders summit in Brussels

AGMs: Afren, Amara Mining, Cayenne Trust, Dignity, G4S, JKX Oil Gas,
InternetQ, Mears Group, Michael Page International, Morrison Supermarkets,
M.P. Evans Group, WANdisco.


Full-year results Acal, AO World, Johnson Matthey, VP, Wincanton

Trading update Bellway

Economics UK new car registrations for May, Monetary Policy Committee
announcement, European Central Bank announcement

AGMs: Air Partner, Camellia, Chariot Oil Gas, Invesco Perpetual UK
Smaller Companies Investment Trust


Full-year results Fuller Smith Turner, KCOM Group

Interim results Scottish Investment Trust

Economics UK trade in goods services and global trade for April, US
non-farm payrolls and unemployment for May

AGMs: Prezzo

By | 2014-06-02T07:34:48+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|Economics|

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