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 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
London property boom built on dirty money
Becky Watts: Stepbrother and his girlfriend named locally as two arrested on suspicion of murder
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
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