Friday preview: EU leaders' summit in focus
Hopes for a breakthrough on agreeing on the details of a proposed €750bn EU Reconstruction Fund are low going into the meeting, given the wide range of interest of the various governments, including the bloc's main economies, the so-called 'frugal' northern countries and many in Eastern Europe.
Nonetheless, the depth and severity of the crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus and the need to move quickly was not lost on anyone.
The above aside, Friday's economic calendar was otherwise sparse, with the main release due out being that for US housing starts in June.
Across the Channel, a final report for euro area consumer prices in June is scheduled to be published at 1000 BST.
No major economic releases are scheduled in the UK.
Friday 17 July
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INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Building Permits (US) (13:30)
Consumer Price Index (EU) (10:00)
Housing Starts (US) (13:30)
U. of Michigan Confidence (Prelim) (US) (15:00)
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UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
GFK Consumer Confidence (00:10)
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