With the City divided on the next move on interest rates, Wednesday's quarterly inflation report from the Bank of England will provide the best pointer yet about future borrowing costs.
A belated recovery by manufacturers and the busiest month for the services sector in two years have fuelled concerns over recent weeks that inflation could be on its way above the Bank's two per cent target in the medium-term.
It is feared the Monetary Policy Committee is mulling an increase in rates from the current 4.5 per cent. Given its bogey monster - the housing market - is back on what seems a bit of a surge, you can bet the Committee will err on the side of caution.
And on the same day US interest rates are also likely to go up - from 4.75 per cent to five per cent.
On the Stock Market, Sage, the only technology stock - remember them - in the FTSE 100 Index, and high-profile retailers Dixons and HMV are expected to attract the interest of investors during a relatively light few days for corporate releases.
Shares in Newcastle-based Sage have drifted since last month when it suffered the setback of losing out in its campaign to buy rival Visma, the largest Scandinavian seller of accountancy software to small and medium-sized businesses.
Sage tabled a fairly full offer of £334 million and secured the support of the Visma board, only for that recommendation to be withdrawn and a competing private equity offer to emerge and win the day.
Its half-year results tomorrow should remind investors of the strength of its core business and Tom Gidley-Kitchin, of broker Charles Stanley, expects Sage to report pretax profits of £444 million - up from £382 million a year earlier.
HMV has experienced a string of distractions since its shock profits warning in the period after Christmas so a trading update tomorrow will reveal how much this has impacted its business.
The company saw off an £842.7 million indicative offer from private equity firm Permira in March, and then saw Tim Waterstone pull a proposal to buy back the book shop chain that bears his name in recent days.
This activity took place while HMV awaits formal confirmation from the Competition Commission that it can revive its bid for rival Ottakar's if it chooses.
Plans by DSG International to turn its Dixons chain into an internet-only operation should mean Wednesday's full-year sales figures will only offer analysts a rough guide to the company's future performance.
And this week could prove to be a critical time for Mittal Steel and its proposed £12.8 billion attempt to acquire Arcelor as it comes under increasing pressure to sweeten its cash and shares offer for the European steel producer.
Mittal, headed by multi-millionaire Lakshmi Mittal, will announce its first quarter figures for 2006 on Wednesday.
It is also expected to get clearance from the European regulatory authorities, which would allow it to submit its formal takeover offer for Arcelor. ..SUPL: