On This Day In 1998: Rolls Royce was sold to BMW for $570m
Ben Bernanke - address on full employment
Former Federal Reserve Chairman speaks at Centre on Budget and Policy Priorities event in the USA. Employment is a key measure the Fed will look at when it decides to move interest rates. Since the Bank of England will also be looking keenly on the Fed – what happens to US employment could have a very important effect on UK rates. For that reason what is said today by Bernanke could be of long term importance to the UK.
Money and Credit
Bank of England statistical release, which includes lending to individuals, lending to businesses and broad money and credit,. The Bank also publishes Bankstats  and Effective interest rates reports today.
CBI Quarterly Financial Services Survey

Royal Economic Society Conference
Economists from Government, industry, higher education, the financial sector, journalism and those interested in analytical economics and policy problems gather. For more details see:
Business Climate Indicator for the Euro Area
European Union,  Belgium,  European Union
EU Business and Consumer Survey
Association of Teachers & Lecturers (ATL) Conference
Professional organisation and trade union for teachers and lecturers convenes..
British Travel Week
Highlights the benefits of vacations in Scotland, England and Wales.
Company Result: Compass Group - pre-close trading update
Catering and support services company

Other Company Results:
AA PLC           
Al Noor Hospitals Group
Asia Resource Minerals
Central Asia Metals
DP Poland
Nighthawk Energy
Serabi Gold
Plant Health Care
Songbird Estates
British Smaller Companies VCT 2
F&C Private Equity Trust
Kings Arms Yard VCT
North Midland Construction
C4X Discovery Holdings
FinnAust Mining
Hague and London Oil
Emerging Market Minerals
Peninsular Gold
Quadrise Fuels International
Catalyst Media Group
Parkmead Group
Fidelity Asian Values
Berkeley Mineral Resources
Baillie Gifford Japan Trust
Tungsten Corp
On This Day In 1966: Wilson won a sweeping victory in the general election.
UK Economic Accounts - Q4 statistics
Key economic statistics.
Consumer Trends - Q4 2014

British Retail Consortium - economic briefing report
Monthly survey by the BRC includes key performance indicators and economic data.
Business investment revised results - Q4 2014
Commentary and tables on investment trends by businesses.
Customer complaints against regulated firms - FCA half-year update (provisional date)
Financial Conduct Authority releases aggregate data showing how many complaints regulated firms have received and how they have dealt with them.
EU Unemployment Statistics

Germany - unemployment data

Turkey - Q4 GDP
Turkey publishes GDP data for October-December.

Company Result: Kingfisher
High street retailer.
Company Result: Thomas Cook
Trading Statement.
On 9 June 1841 a 32-year old cabinet-maker named Thomas Cook walked from his home in Market Harborough to the nearby town of Leicester to attend a temperance meeting.  At the meeting, Thomas suggested that a special train be engaged to carry the temperance supporters of Leicester to a meeting in Loughborough about four weeks later. The proposal was received with such enthusiasm that, on the following day, Thomas submitted his idea to the secretary of the Midland Railway Company. A train was subsequently arranged, and on 5 July 1841 about 500 passengers were conveyed in open carriages the enormous distance of 12 miles and back for a shilling. The day was a great success and, as Thomas later recorded, 'thus was struck the keynote of my excursions, and the social idea grew upon me'. He is widely regarded as having invented the package tour.
Other Company Results:
James Halstead
Inland Homes
Inspired Capital
Octopus AIM VCT 2
Neptune-Calculus Income & Growth VCT
LiDCO Group
Tiziana Life Sciences
Christie Group
Eclectic Bar Group
African Potash
Port Erin Biopharma Investments
Kolar Gold
Botswana Diamonds
Frontier IP Group
Enegi Oil
South African Property Opportunities
Inspirit Energy Holdings
Pantheon Resources
Red Rock Resources
Intandem Films
Uranium Resources
IS Solutions
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Inv Tr
Caledonian Trust
Schroder Japan Growth Fund
On This Day in 1924 Imperials Airways was formed – the precursor to BA
Diverted Profits Tax - introduced
Tax of 25% on profits made by multinational companies which are diverted overseas in order to avoid UK tax. Announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.
Employer National Insurance Contributions for the under-21s/25s - abolished
In the Autumn Statement 2013, the Government said it would abolish employer NICs for those under the age of 21 from this month, with the exception of those earning more than the Upper Earnings Limit of £813 per week. Extended to apprentices aged under 25 in the 2014 Autumn Statement.
ISM Manufacturing Index
Institute for Supply Management releases closely watched indicator of economic growth.
Business Rate retention in regions - pilot schemes begin
Pilot schemes are due to begin in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and Greater Manchester and East Cheshire (subject to approval) under which regional authorities keep 100% of any additional growth in business rates above expected forecast. Announced as part of the March 2015 Spring Budget.
London taxi fares frozen
Rates for taxi fares in London frozen. Decision was made at a Transport for London (TfL) board meeting on February 4.
April Fool's Day
The day began in 16th century France with the refusal of 'April Fools' to accept the new Gregorian Calendar, which moved New Year's Day from April 1 to January 1.
Company Result: ASOS - interim results
Online fashion retailer.

Other Company Results:
JPMorgan Senior Secured Loan Fund
DRS Data & Research Services
AcenciA Debt Strategies
Regal Petroleum
Hygea VCT
Volga Gas
On This Day In 1962: The Panda crossing was unveiled to much confusion. It was added to the zebra crossing and pre-dated the Pelican crossing in this menagerie of road crossing schemes.
UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index - report
Markit/CIPS report.

OECD Consumer Price Indices
Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) release results. Published as part of Main Economic Indicators (MEI) statistics.
World Car of the Year
Organised by automotive journalists from all over the world. Takes place ahead of the New York International Auto Show in the USA
FAO Food Price Index
UN Food and Agriculture Organization publishes monthly indices of prices for dairy, cereals, oils and fats, meat and sugar.
US International Trade in Goods and Services
Foreign trade deficit data.
Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition
Biggest and most prestigious poetry competition of its kind usually receives around 11,000 entries.
International Children's Book Day
Annual day, usually held on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, celebrating the love of reading and children's literature.
Maundy Thursday
Usually sees monarch distributing Maundy Money to deserving senior citizens, chosen for having done service to their community.
Company Result: Tate & Lyle trading update
Multi-national agribusiness, recently relegated from the FTSE 100.
Company Result: Marks and Spencer Trading Update
Other Company Results:
Merchants Trust
Mi-Pay Group
LiteBulb Group
Minoan Group
Castle Street Investments
Mercantile Investment Trust
Crimson Tide
On This Day In 2010: The iPad was launched
UK Services Purchasing Managers' Index - report
Markit/CIPS report.

New York International Auto Show
Long-running motoring expo and a key date on the global industry calendar. First two days are press-only.
The Employment Situation - US statistical release
Statistics looking at the previous calendar month.

British National Science Fiction Convention - Dysprosium
Sci-fi fanatics' meeting. Also known as Eastercon. Undergoes a different event title each year.
Good Friday
Good Friday  marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
Other Company Results:
Henderson Global Trust
Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust
Chelverton Growth Trust
40 years ago: Microsoft founded
Bill Gates and Paul Allen created a partnership called Micro-soft, which grew into the one of the US's largest corporations.
International Pillow Fight Day

POSTED 23 March, 2015