P&O shareholders will bring the curtain down on 168 years of UK corporate history today when the ports and ferries group holds the vote to approve its £3.9 billion takeover by Dubai Ports World.
The 520p a share offer from Dubai is at a 71.3 per cent premium to the company's share price prior to the start of speculation, reflecting the persistence of PSA of Singapore which remained in the race until the end of this week.
Presuming shareholders back the offer at the extraordinary meeting, the deal for P&O could be completed by the start of March.
The combination of DP World and P&O - currently the world's fourth largest ports group - will create the third largest company in the industry, behind Hutchison and PSA.
The housing market will be in focus on Thursday with investors hoping for strong full-year results from buy-tolet specialist Bradford & Bingley.
In December the company predicted it would "comfortably" beat market forecasts after a strong pick-up in lending in the second half of the year as it recovered from a slowdown earlier in the period.
B&B said its pipeline of business was at record levels and predicted the fundamentals of the housing market would remain strong for the foreseeable future. Analysts are now expecting pre-tax profits to hit £305.5 million before exceptional items - up from £288.7 million - and will look for further guidance on the direction of the housing market, which has shown signs of picking up in recent weeks.
Bus and rail group Go-Ahead will update the markets on its growth prospects when it delivers its results for the six months to December 31 on Friday.
The City will look for signs of better earnings from its lucrative London bus operations London Central and London General following last year's warning of a slowdown from the Newcastle-based firm.
There will also be interest in Go-Ahead's rail business after it overcame the operational difficulties it faced at Southern and looks forward to the inclusion of Integrated Kent in April.
With Go-Ahead pointing towards a period of stability following substantial growth in recent years, analysts are forecasting pre-tax profits for the six months of £41.1 million, down from £49.6 million a year earlier.
Otherwise, economic news will dominate the corporate agenda this week, although the performance of the retail sector will come into view again with the release of fourth quarter trading figures from B&Q owner Kingfisher.
The timing of the next move on interest rates should become clearer as the Bank of England will issue its growth and inflation forecasts and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a raft of data for January.
The cost of borrowing has been on hold at 4.5 per cent since August but this may change if the Bank's predictions show inflation under-shooting its target over the medium term.
That would give the Bank's rate-setters leeway to help the retail and manufacturing sectors overcome recent weakness.