What's happening this week
Sunday 21 February 1999
Keith Whitson announces HSBC half-yearly results. It will be interesting to see how the cantankerous gang of Scottish colonials in the higher echelons of HSBC are getting on lending money to the barely solvent ne'er-do-wells "serviced" by UK retail banking.
Eddie George pops over to Westminster for a grilling by the Treasury Select Committee, the contemporary equivalent of being savaged by a dead sheep. He is to report on the rate of inflation, which is in danger of running out of control at dizzying 0.5 per cent above the Government target. Populist MPs will urge him to stuff prudence and start printing pounds like there's no tomorrow (which for the pound, of course, there isn't).
Nothing happening. Just Cadbury Schweppes, Prudential results and other boredom. Stay in bed.
Hanson boss Andrew Dougal will reveal full-year profits figures, and will thus have to live up to bullish predictions made earlier in the year. He's spent half a million on re-naming bits and pieces of the slimmed down and now extremely dull ex-conglomerate - a process he calls "corporate throat clearing". Hanson's main activity now is supply of hard-core building materials in America. But Dougal has pounds 700m to blow on acquisitions. He has already targeted the building trade in Malaysia - land of the Pergau Dam affair.
The Nationwide Building Society releases its monthly house price figures. House priceology is a notoriously imprecise science and the Nationwide has been markedly more optimistic than its rivals. Before Christmas the talk was of another house proce collapse. Then in January the Nationwide said there had been a rise in prices (1.4 per cent). But the feelgood factor is still a long way off.
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 3 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
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