Financial journalists everywhere are likely to be thankful that next week is set to be quieter on the corporate front than the one just gone; however, there are still a few heavy hitters scheduled to report results, including Vodafone and Sainsbury.
Interim figures from mobile phone and telecoms giant Vodafone are due out on Tuesday morning, and the market will be looking out for signs of how the "macroeconomic and competitive pressures in southern Europe" - as highlighted in the first-quarter trading update - have affected revenue.
Organic service revenues were up just 0.6% in the first three months of the year.
Jefferies expects Vodafone to report a 0.6% decline in revenues in the second quarter, saying that results "are likely to continue the recent theme of weakening service revenue trends".
The broker added: "Vodafone faces new headwinds in 2H. In preparation, we believe management should proactively rebalance margin/FCF expectations next week."
Meanwhile, supermarket giant Sainsbury is also expected to report its half-year results on Wednesday with all eyes on the bottom line.
Seymour Pierce is forecasting a 4.4% increase in first-half pre-tax profit to £370m and an interim dividend of 4.8p per share, up 6.6% year-on-year.
Revenue growth was already reported in last month's trading update, as the firm confirmed that like-for-like sales growth accelerated from 1.4% in the first quarter to 1.9% in the second. Total sales were up 4% in the first six months.
Seymour analyst Kate Clavert said: "The market will be interested in any comments on the current competitive nature of the market and the outlook for inflation which is expected to pick up. Recent market share data suggests that Sainsbury continues to outperform the industry."
Monday November 12
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