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The market spotlight at the start of February will be on a slew of purchasing managers' surveys for manufacturing sector activity from across the globe.
The market spotlight on Thursday will be on a preliminary reading for US gross domestic product growth over the last three months of 2021.
All eyes will be on the US central bank in the middle of the week as it signals the start of normalising the extraordinary emergency measures put in place in the wake of the pandemic.
The market spotlight on Tuesday will be on the UK government's finances at the end of 2021 and an update from US technology giant Microsoft.
The market spotlight at the end of the week will be on UK retail sales figures for the month of December.
The spotlight on Wednesday will be on data for UK consumer prices at the end of 2021.
Investors' focus on Tuesday will be on the latest UK employment data.
The market spotlight at the end of the week will be on a reading on UK gross domestic product for November and the start of the US earnings season.
US inflation data and Fedspeak will continue to be in the spotlight on Thursday.
Financial markets' focus on Thursday will be on the results of services sector surveys due out in the UK and US covering the month of December.
Wednesday's focus in financial markets will be on the release of consultancy ADP's private sector payrolls report for the month of December with traders likely to be looking for any hint of Omicron's impact on activity towards the end of the month.