Business Information Service: This week
Sunday 20 February 1994
The US markets will be closed for President's Day.
Fourth quarter GDP in the UK is expected to be broadly in line with the previous quarter. Hardening insurance rates and relatively good weather should help to push GRE's pre-tax profits for the year up to a healthy pounds 147- pounds 180m. Unilever is likely to show a 14 per cent rise to pounds 2.3 bn for the year.
Pre-tax losses at British Aerospace will probably fall to pounds 184m from pounds 1.2bn last year. Its plan to sell Rover will not affect 1993 figures. Commercial Union will benefit from insurance rate increases and is expected to produce pre-tax profits around pounds 208m, despite commercial fire losses in Australia.
Durable goods orders in the US should be up by 1.5 per cent during January. In its first year of reporting after the split with Zeneca, ICI is predicted to deliver pounds 280m in profits. British Gas, labouring in the wake of the Monopolies Commission's report and the DTI's decision to open the domestic market in 1996, will see its share price continue to lag despite profits of about pounds 934m, broadly in line with last year. Profits at Shell T&T should be up 10 per cent, although the low oil price will affect profits upstream without bringing benefits in the depressed chemicals business. Meanwhile Royal Insurance's performance will be marred by pollution exposure and poor underlying results in the US.
Negotiations will begin on enlargement of the European Union. The CBI will release its monthly trends inquiry and the non-EC trade deficit is expected to rise to pounds 750m in January.
Sources: NatWest Securities, MMS International
'Both are withdrawing, calmly, politely and systematically.' - Gerard Longuet, the French industry minister, on the break-up of the Renault-Volvo deal
C4 5.15pm The Money Police: The Inland Revenue is the first subject of three programmes on the workings of the financial world.
BBC1 6am Business Breakfast: Interview with German union leader on the threatened IG Metall strike.
BBC1 6am Business Breakfast: Report on the BMW and Honda talks over the future of Rover Group.
BBC1 6am Business Breakfast: Coverage of the start of British Fashion Week.
BBC1 6am Business Breakfast: How countries are demanding aid before awarding foreign contracts.
BBC1 6am Business Breakfast: Reports from Moscow on the future of the Russian economy, as President Yeltsin delivers his keynote speech.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
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- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
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London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
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Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
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