Business Information Service: This Week

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Monday: Tomorrow should see official statistics confirming the tight monetary background to the economic recovery.

Burmah Castrol, the oil group, should add a good pounds 10m to last year's first-half profit of pounds 90.5m.

Turkish devaluation will take the gloss off the interims from the Coats Viyella textile group.

Tuesday: July industrial production figures may show a slight slackening from June but are still likely to indicate 5 per cent year-on-year growth.

A cheerful AGM statement in April has prepared the market for good results from Boddington, the pubs, hotels and nursing homes operator.

Interims from George Wimpey should show strong recovery at the building group.

Wednesday: The Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, and Eddie George, the governor of the Bank of England, are due to have their latest regular meeting today.

The rise in base metals during the first half of the year should help RTZ post higher half-year profits.

Poultry and meat should lead the way at Hillsdown Holdings, enabling a 20 per cent interim profits increase to pounds 69m despite further restructuring.

Virtually unchanged profits will mask the upheavals which the discount warehouse war is wreaking at Nurdin & Peacock.

Thursday: The UK balance of payments, the June visible trade figures and UK National Accounts will be complemented by the CBI distributive trades survey for September.

BTR, British Gas, Cadbury Schweppes, Glaxo and Blue Circle lead a glittering list of top companies reporting interim figures.

Friday: Second-quarter figures for construction output should show a useful increase, accompanied by results from Costain Group.

Source: NatWest Securities, UBS, others.

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