Friday preview: Brexit talks, UK retail sales in focus
Against that backdrop, at 0700 GMT the Office for National Statistics is set to publish retail sales data for November, which will shed light on the extent of the hit to the sector from the second lockdown.
Also due out are consultancy GfK's consumer confidence index for December and the Confederation for British Industry's industrial trends orders index for December.
Across the Channel investors will also be keeping close tabs on the IFO institute's closely-followed business confidence index for December, which is due to be published at 0900 GMT.
It will be followed at 1400 GMT by a comparable survey for Belgium.
Stateside meanwhile, the US Department of Commerce is due to release current account data for the third quarter at 1330 GMT, with the Conference Board institute set to follow close behind with its consumer confidence index for November at 1500 GMT.
Friday 18 December
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IFO Business Climate (GER) (09:00)
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Retail Sales (07:00)
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