What CAs need to know this week: 21 March 2016
A look ahead to some of the things happening in business, accountancy and politics this week.
CPI and RPI figures due
After the buzz surrounding last week’s Budget announcement by Chancellor George Osborne, the dust may be beginning to settle. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will release the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Retail Prices Index (RPI) on Tuesday (22 March), followed by a guide on how the Budget will affect these figures on Thursday (24 March). The February CPI figure is forecast to be 0.4% - a rise of 0.1% since January.
Party leaders debate in Glasgow
The first of two televised debates by the BBC between the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties will take place in Glasgow on Thursday. ICAS will also be hosting an election debate in April with an opportunity to hear first-hand from the candidates fighting the battle of the ballot box for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Elections.
CBI to release survey into retail sales
This month’s CBI survey is expected to show a continued slowdown in UK retail sales. The results, which will be published on Thursday, are likely to show similar data to that of last month’s survey. This could point towards a feeling of unease about the global economy among consumers.
Budget Debate comes to a close
The four day debate on the Budget will come to an end on Tuesday, with topics such as the taxation of women's sanitary products and proposals to change the rules on Personal Independence Payments.
Apple's live event
Apple will hold a live event in California on Monday, and it has been rumoured it will announce a number of new products. A smaller version of the iPhone, a new iPad and Apple Watch are among the potential announcements.
Results due from YouGov, Johnston Press, Burford Capital, Churchill China
- Monday: Interims due from YouGov. Finals due from Brady, MD Medical Group Investments.
- Tuesday: Finals due from Johnston Press, IFG Group, NAHL Group.
- Wednesday: Interims due from DFS Furniture. Finals due from Burford Capital, Phoenix Group Holdings.
- Thursday: Finals due from Churchill China, International Public Partnership, Next.