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Corporate results will take the spotlight on Tuesday, amid a light calendar for economic data both at home and abroad.
Friday could be very quiet in London, with no notable companies reporting results and no major UK data later.
Thursday's official UK retail sales data will come after results from DIY retailer Kingfisher, with better weather expected to be a factor for both.
Wednesday's UK inflation data will be under close scrutiny after wage growth was shown to have slowed, potentially revealing a new consumer squeeze, while companies reporting results included Admiral, Balfour Beatty and Hikma Pharmaceuticals.
The jobs market will be the UK focus on Tuesday, coming in between a barrage of economic data from around the world, plus half-year results from Antofagasta, esure and Polypipe.
On Friday we will see how well the UK economy bounced back in the second quarter of the year after the weather front known as the Beast from the East mauled the country at the start of the year.
Life insurer Legal & General is due to report half-year just over a week after it emerged that whistleblowers had reported its asset management arm to regulators over compliance and risk failures.
Down around 14% since the start of the year and with investors keen to hear more details about management's plans for a de-merger of its UK and European business, Prudential's half-year results look the ones to watch on Wednesday.
Tuesday should see a fairly bustling day as the summer results season begins to taper slightly, with numbers expected from Domino's Pizza, Hargreaves Lansdown and Standard Life Aberdeen.
Friday should see RBS provide a date for its return to the dividend list, while the week also finishes with numbers from Essentra, IAG, Millennium & Copthorne, Mondi, Pets at Home and William Hill.
At Thursday's monetary policy meeting, it is anticipated that the Bank of England will nudge interest rates higher, while the summer results season sees results from Aviva, Barclays, the London Stock Exchange and Rolls-Royce.
Wednesday's Fed policy meeting is predicted to be a "non-event", meaning there will be more attention on the first of the August PMI surveys and another busy day of company news as BAE Systems, Capita, Lloyds and Next are among those reporting.
Tuesday's results from Apple, the biggest company in the world by market cap, could determine the near-term path for global stock markets, while closer to home there are also updates due from UK titans BP, Glencore, Shire and Standard Chartered.
Friday ends in relatively becalmed fashion after previous days' barrage of results but there are still numbers worth watching from BT, Pearson and Reckitt Benckiser, while the important macroeconomic news will be the US gross domestic product report.
Thursday brings a deluge of results and trading updates from London's FTSE 350, while the European Central Bank's meeting later on is expected to be rather uneventful.
Trading updates and results come thick and fast on Wednesday, including from Antofagasta, GlaxoSmithKline, ITV and Vodafone.
Corporate results will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, as the results season picks-up speed on both sides of the Pond.
Friday should end the week in fairly quiet fashion with FTSE 350 results only expected from insurer Beazley and economic data for the UK on public sector borrowing.
Half year results are due from Unilever and full year numbers from Sports Direct, while the Office for National Statistics will confirm official retail growth for last month.