Barring surprises, the economic calendar was looking rather sparse at the end of the week, with no economic releases scheduled in the UK and just one lone Fed speaker set to take to the podium on Friday, Chicago Fed chief Charles Evans, at 1710 BST.
With wage growth in Britain now finally outpacing price rises, on Thursday we'll learn whether Britons are splashing out on purchases or not.
All eyes on Wednesday will be on the March UK consumer price report, despite the 'backward-looking' nature of inflation data.
The flow of corporate results is set to pick-up on Tuesday, with several FTSE 350 firms due to update investors, including ABF, Rio Tinto and Ashmore Group.
Global trade and geopolitical concerns will likely continue to dominate the headlines at the end of the week, with traders likely to be carefully monitoring the news-flow heading into the weekend.
Global trade relations (and events in Syria) permitting, the focus on Wednesday will be on the release of the minutes of the US central bank's last policy meeting.
All eyes will be on Chinese president Xi Jinping and whether he in fact announces or signals any substantive change to how much market access foreign firms operating in the country are allowed.
Friday's monthly US jobs data will be closely watched for a spike in wages that could change rate hike expectations and move all sorts of markets, while there are no FTSE 350 company results expected.
It remains thin gruel in terms of Thursday's corporate news, with trading updates from property developer Hammerson and distributor Electrocomponents on Thursday, with surveys on the UK's and the eurozone's services sectors on the macro platter.
With little UK company news expected on Wednesday there's just economic data to keep London investors interested.
Thursday is the last day of the month and the last day before the four-day Easter weekend, but it's a fairly busy day in terms of economic data.
The beleaguered UK retail sector will also be in focus with the CBI survey on Wednesday, while stateside there is GDP and PCE data.
Tuesday brings updates from the likes of AG Barr, Ladbrokes-Coral and United Utilities, with investors in all three nervous to varying degrees about future government action, while interims from Ferguson should bring news of a special dividend.
High street clothing giant Next will take centre stake on Friday, having endured a rollercoaster past two years, with its shares falling almost 50% from the start of 2016 to a low last summer before rebounding around 30% since then.
Thursday should see the Bank of England make clear its intentions on a May interest rates hike, while investors will be able to fork through results from Halma, IG Group and Ted Baker.
Wednesday is likely to see US interest rates hiked and a report on the UK jobs market that could hasten or delay a UK hike, while Kingfisher and Ferrexpo are among those due to report in London.
UK inflation is expected to ease off on Tuesday ahead of the Bank of England monetary policy meeting later in the week, while updates are expected from the likes of Ocado and Wood Group.
With next week's US central bank policy meeting looming ever closer, the focus at the end of the week will again be on a raft of economic indicators.
Investors will be treated to a slew of economic releases in the States on Thursday, including readings on so-called 'high-frequency' indicators such as initial weekly unemployment claims and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's regional manufacturing sector gauge.
Another reading on US inflation, this time on factory gate prices, will share the market spotlight on Wednesday with a batch of first-tier indicators due out from the People's Republic of China.