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Week Ahead : Earnings at Centrica could turn out to be mixed blessing

February 17, 2014

Dominic Jeff

Mondayl House prices - Rightmove's monthly figures are expected to confirm the upward trend.Tuesdayl Inflation - The consumer prices index (CPI) could slip below the bank of England's central target of 2 per cent.l Wood Group - The City will be seeking further guidance on the firm's engineering division after it warned profits would be lower in 2014.Wednesdayl MPC minutes - Details of the monetary policy commission's last meeting will be scoured for clues about its rather fuzzy forward guidance. Thursdayl Asda - Results from US parent Wal-Mart will show how the supermarket fared in what it has already acknowledged was a challenging year, after rivals saw sales slip.l Centrica - Full-year results should show moderate profit growth, to around GBP2.8 billion.Fridayl Public finances - January figures last before the Budget.

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Source: Scotsman, The (Scotland)

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