Friday preview: UK retail sales, Burberry in focus
The market spotlight going into the bank holiday will remain on the UK, with a reading on retail sales for April is due out.
Barclays Research expects the figures will reveal a 20.5% downdraft in sales volumes month-on-month but in a research note sent to clients that their own proprietary survey had pointed to a possible recovery towards the end of the reference month.
No major economic releases are scheduled in the US or euro area.
Further afield, consumer price data ex-perishables also for the month of April are scheduled for release in Japan.
The spotlight in the corporate arena will be on fashion giant Burberry full-year numbers.
UBS analyst Zuzanna Pusz is forecasting a 4% decline in full-year 2020 sales to £2.61bn at constant currencies, for a 19% drop in earnings before interest and taxes and margins at 13.5%.
For the fourth quarter alone however, retail revenues are seen crashing by 30% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The analyst said that: "Investors will look for indications on current performance in China and the pace of the recovery, and any early signs post the lifting of lockdown measure in some European countries."
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