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THIS WEEK

MONDAY: Interims from Neepsend.

TUESDAY: Agms at BBB Design Group and Bibby (J) & Sons.

WEDNESDAY: Interims from Banks (Sidney C), Banner HomesBespak, Fleming International High Income Investment Trust, Flextech and Hollas Group. Finals from Irish Continental Group and Quality Care Homes.

THURSDAY: Interims from Abbey, Druck Holdings, Savills, TR City of London Trust and Williamson Tea Holdings. Agms at Fenner, Kwik Save and Manakin Holdings. Egm at GPG.

FRIDAY: Agms at Jessups and MMT Computing.

Results: County NatWest Woodmac.

LAST WEEK

SUNDAY: Equity strategists predict a surge in share prices well into next year, as interest rates fall further and the economic outlook brightens.

Nicholas Johnson, managing director of fund management group Invesco MIM, quits after a power struggle with Charles Brady, who took over as chief executive from Lord Stevens in July.

Speculation mounts that British Airways will concede defeat in its 'dirty tricks' libel battle with Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson.

MONDAY: Government policy-makers are working on housing reforms to give a big boost to the rented property sector.

Festive Britons will spend an estimated pounds 42.3bn on drink over Christmas and New Year.

TUESDAY: Treasury ministers are planning an unprecedented campaign to consult backbench Tory MPs early in the new year on the shape of the Budget.

Shopkeepers report the busiest winter sales for several years, suggesting the slow rise in retail sales from September to November may continue.

The Chancellor has suggested to banks that they abolish interest rate floors for small businesses and look again at their codes for dealing with business customers.

WEDNESDAY: Unit trusts had a record pounds 62bn under management by the end of November, after a month of strong sales.

Glaxo shares rise on news that it has won approval to market its migraine-treatment drug in the US in injectable form.

Further signs of a US recovery come with news that home sales surged in November to the highest level in six years.

THURSDAY: Business leaders knighted in the New Year Honours List are: Willie Purves, chairman and chief executive of HSBC; Christopher Lewinton, chairman and chief executive of TI Group; Geoff Mulcahy, chairman and chief executive of Kingfisher; Robert Clarke, chairman of United Biscuits; and Christopher Keswick, chairman of Hambros.

FRIDAY: The largest trading bloc in the world is formed with the creation of the European Economic Area.

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