Analysts from Lloyds Bank point out that next week main events in the United Kingdom will be the testimony of Mark Carney on Tuesday and the second reading of Q1 GDP on Thursday.
“In the UK, Bank of England Governor Carney (Tue) will appear before the Treasury Select Committee to answer questions on the latest Inflation Report. He will no doubt face questions about the economic forecasts, including his views on the potential risks surrounding the EU referendum.”
“Data wise, we expect the second estimate of UK Q1 GDP (Thu) to be unrevised at 0.4%q/q, though there will be the first expenditure breakdown of the figures which should show consumer spending remaining firm and a rebound in investment after the contraction in Q4.”
“The GfK consumer confidence index (Fri) will provide a more up-to-date indicator of sentiment in the current quarter. The index fell to a 16-month low of -3 in April, though we look for stabilisation at the current level in May. BBA figures on house purchase loans (Thu) will also be watched to gauge the impact of the Chancellor’s stamp duty levy on second homes which began in April.”