Friday preview: US inflation data, UK retail sales figures in focus
All eyes at the end of the week would continue to be trained on the debt ceiling negotiations in the States.
Against that backdrop, at 1330 BST the Department of Commerce was scheduled to release a reading for the Federal Reserve's key inflation indicator in the month of April.
Consensus was for the year-on-year rate of increase in the price deflator for personal consumption expenditures to have dipped from 4.6% in March to 4.5% for April.
Also due out were readings for consumption and income growth and a report for durable goods orders, all for that same month.
A final reading for the University of Michigan's consumer confidence survey in May were also expected, at 1500 BST; including readings for closely followed gauges of inflation expectations.
On home shores, at 0700 BST the Office for National Statistics would release retail sales data for April.
They would be preceded overnight by a reading for core consumer prices in Tokyo covering the month of May.
Friday 26 May
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INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Durable Goods Orders (US) (13:30)
Personal Consumption Expenditures (US) (13:30)
Personal Income (US) (13:30)
Personal Spending (US) (13:30)
U. of Michigan Confidence (US) (15:00)
Wholesales Inventories (US) (13:30)
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UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Retail Sales (07:00)
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