THE WEEK AHEAD

Myer's annual results are among the last earnings season reports, while unemployment and lending finance prints headline the week's economic data.

It's a busy week ahead for local data, with the latest reads on unemployment and lending finance due out of the ABS, alongside September’s index of consumer sentiment.

The stragglers from earnings season continue to come out of hiding this week, with reports due from Myer, Lynas and Aquila.

Offshore, there’s a slew of data out of China, including trade balance and inflation, while in the US, the focus will be producer prices at the end of the week.

There are no scheduled events out of the Reserve Bank of Australia, following the board of the central bank’s decision to hold the official cash rate at 2.5 per cent at its September meeting.

Local data

A busy week for local data, headlined by the latest read on unemployment, but supported by key reads on consumer expectations of the local economy.

Monday will see the ABS release housing finance data for July, with economists expecting a lift of 1.5 per cent.

ANZ will also release the August read of its job advertisements series.

On Tuesday, National Australia Bank will unveil its survey of business confidence and conditions for August.

Wednesday will deliver the Melbourne Institute/Westpac Banking Corporation consumer confidence index for September.

The ABS will also lift the lid on its lending finance data for July.

On Thursday, labour force data for August will be released out of the ABS. Economists expect the unemployment rate to hold steady at 5.7 per cent, while it is expected that 12,000 jobs were created in the month.

Elsewhere, the Melbourne Institute/Westpac Banking Corp surveys of consumer sentiment and inflation expectations will be released.

Corporate

The stragglers from earnings season continue to come out of hiding this week, with reports due from Myer, Lynas and Aquila.

On Monday, Arrium, Aurizon and CSL will trade ex-dividend, while Aquila and Becton Property Group will unveil their full-year earnings.

On Wednesday, Nexus will lift the lid on their results.

It is also the date of record for IAG, Qantas and Lend Lease, while Nexus will release its full-year earnings.

Thursday will deliver Myer’s full-year earnings, and is also the date of record for Oil Search and the date payable for Rio Tinto.

Sigma Pharmaceuticals will also release its first-half earnings.

Friday is the busiest day for company news with Cudeco, Karoon Gas, Linc Energy, Lynas and Sundance Resources all due to release full-year earnings.

Offshore

A busy week for global data with a series of Chinese reads at the front end and a slew of US figures at the tail.

On Sunday, China will unveil its trade balance for August, with Bloomberg tipping a surplus of $US22.8 billion. Imports and exports for the month will also be unveiled as part of the release.

Monday delivers the latest read of China’s inflation. Bloomberg expects the inflation rate to remain steady at 2.7 per cent.

On Tuesday, China will release the August reads for industrial production and retail sales. Bloomberg is tipping a 9.8 per cent lift in the former, year-on-year, and a 13.3 per cent jump in the latter, year-on-year.

In the US, consumer credit figures for July will be released.

Thursday will deliver the July read on wholesale inventories out of the US, with Bloomberg tipping a 0.3 per cent increase in the month.

On Friday, the import price index for July and the monthly budget statement will be released out of the US.

Later on Friday night, the producer price index and retail sales are set for release in the US. Bloomberg expects a month-on-month lift of 0.1 per cent in the former, and 0.3 per cent bump in the latter.

Wrapping up

Wednesday will see chairman of the Economic Regulation Authority Lyndon Rowe address a business briefing for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia in Perth.

On Thursday, managing director and chief executive officer of Caltex, Julian Segal, will address an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia business briefing in Sydney.

Also in Sydney, Kate Carnell, chief executive officer of Beyond Blue will address a Committee for the Economic Development of Australia event.