THE WEEK AHEAD

Labour force, construction and consumer sentiment data are set to fall in the spotlight, and speeches by Reserve Bank officials will make headlines.

A host of important economic indicators are set for release in the week ahead, with a mix of both Australian and international news due.

In local news, labour force data will be released, as well as consumer sentiment figures and the performance of construction index.

Overseas, the United States government will release its Beige Book, its quarterly report on the state of the country's economy.

Among companies, Brambles will release quarterly production and sales figures while meeting shareholders at its annual general meeting.

Energy Resources Australia and Iluka Resources will release production reports.

And finally, a big week with the Reserve Bank sees several key board members speak publically, including governor Glenn Stevens.

RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia faces a busy period in the wake of its surprise decision to lower interest rates last week.

On Monday, RBA governor Glenn Stevens will appear before the House of Representatives standing committee on economics at parliament house in Canberra.

Investors will watch carefully for any reflection on the future of monetary policy, after the bank bucked most expectations and lowered interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.25 per cent last week.

Also watched intently will be RBA deputy governor Philip Lowe, who will address a Financial Services Institute of Australasia luncheon on Tuesday.

Thursday brings a speech from the head of the RBA’s financial stability department, Luci Ellis, at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Local news

A big week in local news brings a suite of private indicators as well as a small number of releases from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Monday brings the Australian Industry Group’s performance of construction index for September.

Elsewhere, Australian and New Zealand Banking Group job advertisements data for the month will be released.

Tuesday sees National Australia Bank’s business conditions and business confidence indexes for September made available to the public.

On Wednesday, the Melbourne Institute and Westpac Banking Corporation will release its consumer sentiment index for October. Economists are expecting the index to show a flat reading.

Thursday brings September labour force data from the ABS. Analysts are tipping the figures to show a lift of 6000 jobs in the month.

Additional building approvals data for August is also set for release.

Elsewhere, the Melbourne Institute will release both its consumer inflation and unemployment expectation indexes for October.

Corporate

A steady week in company news sees a few production reports released in the resources sector and a couple of annual general meetings.

Monday sees Mirabooka Investments hold its AGM, while Imdex and NRW Holdings will trade ex-dividend.

Tuesday brings an AGM from Collins Foods. In the United States, giants Alcoa and Chevron will release third quarter earnings data.

On Thursday, Brambles will release quarterly production and sales figures, while meeting shareholders at its AGM.

Energy Resources Australia and Iluka Resources will release third quarter production reports.

Elsewhere, ARB Corporation will also hold its AGM.

Friday sees QBE Insurance hold an investor day in New York.

Offshore

On Monday, markets will be closed in the Unites States for Columbus Day.

Elsewhere, RICS housing price balance figures for September will be released in the United Kingdom.

In Japan, current account figures for August are due, while Sentix investor confidence data for October will be released in Europe.

Tuesday brings NFIB business optimism data for September, along with IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism figures for the month.

In the United Kingdom, August trade balance figures will arrive alongside industrial production data.

August manufacturing production numbers and the September quarter gross domestic product estimate from NIESR is on tap.

Wednesday sees the release of the United Sates’ beige book, its quarterly report on the state of the country’s economy.

Elsewhere, September treasury budget data is due, along with wholesale inventories figures for August.

Economists are expecting the data to show a 0.4 per cent rise in stocks for the month.

The Mortgage Bankers Association will release its weekly mortgage applications data.

Thursday brings August international trade data in the United Sates, along with jobless claims figures.

Experts are tipping the US trade deficit widened by to $US43.9 billion in August.

Data on import and export prices for September will also be released, alongside the weekly Energy Information Association’s petroleum status report.

In Europe, European Union industrial production data for August is on tap.

On Friday, the US producer price index for September will be released, alongside the Reuters/Michigan consumer sentiment index for October.

The core producer price is expected to have risen 0.2 per cent.

Wrapping up

Rounding off the week, Monday sees the head of the European Commission's Greek task force, Horst Reichenbach, speak at the Centre for European Studies.

Elsewhere, the United States Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank hold a joint, two-day conference on bank funding.

On Tuesday, Microsoft managing director Pip Marlow will be the guest speaker at an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia business briefing in Sydney.

ExxonMobil Australia chairman John Dashwood will speak at a separate AMCHAM function in Melbourne.

Offshore, the International Monetary Fund will release its world economic outlook, fiscal monitor and growth forecasts.

The International Energy Association will release a report on Iraq's energy sector.

Wednesday brings a speech from Foreign Investment Review Board chairman Brian Wilson to an Australian Institute of Company Directors event in Perth.

Alcoa Australia chairman and managing director Alan Cransberg, along with Western Areas managing director Dan Lougher, will speak at a Committee for the Economic Development of Australia function in Perth.

Overseas, the IMF is due to release its global financial stability report, while the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries releases its monthly oil market report.

European Union commissioner Michel Barnier will address the Lisbon Council Conference in Brussels.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Narayana Kocherlakota will speak in Montana.

Dallas Federal Reserve president Richard Fisher will speak on the European crisis.

On Thursday, European Commission president Jose Barroso and Italian prime minister Mario Monti will speak at a dinner in Brussels.

Elsewhere, the European Central Bank will publish its monthly bulletin.

Philadelphia Federal Reserve president Charles Plosser will speak on the US economic outlook in Southern Chester County.

Friday sees the IMF and World Bank hold their 2012 three-day annual meetings.