On Wednesday, the US Federal Open Market Committee announces its interest rate decision and, unless the US central bank is going to start paying US banks to borrow money from it, the Fed has little option but to leave its rates unchanged.
On the same day the Bank of England releases the minutes from the June meeting of its policy-making team, the Monetary Policy Committee. If April's verdict on whether to unleash more quantitative easing was finely balanced then May's is likely to have seen even more lively debate about whether to loosen fiscal policy some more.
April brought yet more bad news in the form of construction output, which showed a 13.3% month-on-month drop and an 8.5% year-on-year drop. The quarter-on-quarter fall in construction output in the first quarter was also revised down to -4.9% from -4.8%. Industrial and manufacturing production figures were grim, and recent trade figures suggest that hopes of an export-led recovery for the UK economy are pie - or pasty - in the sky.
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Barclays Capital predicts that the MPC will have once again split 7-2 in favour of holding quantitative easing at £325bn.
Unemployment figures are also due out at 09:30 with the market expecting the April unemployment rate to be the same as March's 8.2%.
On the corporate front Kesa Electricals is set to release full year figures which should see a sharp drop in sales owing to the company's sale of its Comet chain.
Even stripping out the effects of the Comet sale, the group has been having a tough time of its with revenue in the first four months of the year down by 4.7% year-on-year in euro terms, or 4.6% in local currency. Online sales are a rare bright spot, but the group is pinning its hopes on the roll-out of its Darty concept and its "strategic cross-channel focus".
The market is expecting sales of £3,777m and profit before tax of £43.3m.
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