A quiet corporate diary this week will be brightened by a trading statement from Marks & Spencer and the long-awaited stock market debut of Standard Life.
Investors will be looking for further progress from a resurgent Marks & Spencer tomorrow when it updates the market on trading in the first quarter.
The company stunned the City earlier this year with a blistering fourth quarter result which saw like-for-like sales leap 6.8 per cent in its best performance for three years.
It helped to drive annual profits up 35 per cent to £751.4 million for the year to April 1 and investors now want more of the same.
M&S chief executive Stuart Rose has refused to call the turnaround at the retail giant a "recovery" insisting that growing profits and sales at Christmas is the key.
Any guidance on trading at the start of the second quarter will therefore be poured over by analysts as the City looks for a strong platform ahead of the key third quarter of October, November and December.
There will also be interest in any update on the number of shoppers visiting its stores each week so far this year.
Last year M&S boosted the weekly average by 350,000 to 15 million as it won back its traditional female customer base with the help of 1960s fashion icon Twiggy.
Takeover targets EMI and the London Stock Exchange are holding annual meetings tomorrow and Wednesday, respectively, which will give shareholders the chance to air their views over recent deal-making activity.
London-based music giant EMI is embroiled in a tug-ofwar with US rival Warner Music with both firms tabling bids and counter-bids for each other.
Tomorrow's meeting will give shareholders a chance to tell the EMI board what they think of a tie-up with Warner, although takeover laws limit what the EMI board will be able to say in return.
The LSE board is not restrained by the same rules as no bid is on the table so shareholders could look for answers over a possible tie-up with US exchange Nasdaq.
Nasdaq has taken its holding in LSE to 25.1 per cent in recent months and is favourite to win the takeover race after rival suitors New York Stock Exchange and Euronext decided on a deal of their own.
The number of people who claimed unemployment benefit in June will be revealed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on Wednesday.
The number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance rose by 5,800 to 950,900 in May in the fourteenth monthly increase on the trot, although economists expect the figure to be little changed for June.
Cake maker Inter Link Foods will attempt to restore investor confidence when it presents annual results tomorrow.
Blackburn-based Inter Link, which supplies major supermarket chains and makes the fruit loaf brand Soreen, shocked the City in May when it said that trading during one of its busiest months had fallen below expectations.
While profits were still expected to set a new record, Inter Link added that it was unlikely to meet the hopes of market analysts.
Inter Link's problems stemmed from the disappointing response of shoppers to 40 promotions run in conjunction with supermarkets and retailer.
The downturn coincided with a revival from Mr Kipling, which has been the subject of a drastic restruc-turing programme by owner RHM.
Inter Link moved into second place in the UK cake market last year by sealing a £12.25 million deal for York-shire Cottage Bakeries, which had two factories in Bradford and one in Manchester. ..SUPL: