Another busy day of economic data ahead including reports on UK consumer confidence and mortgage approvals.
The GfK consumer confidence survey for August, released on late Thursday, is expected to rise to -14 from the previous month's reading of -16.
It will be followed on Friday by the release of UK mortgage approval figures which are forecast at £58,800 in July, up from £57,700 in June.
The data comes after Bank of England's new Governor Mark Carney on Wednesday said a renewed recovery is taking hold in the UK economy but its pace will be "more measured than rapid".
He vowed to keep interest rates at record lows until the unemployment rate fell to 7%.
Meanwhile in Germany will be the release of GFK consumer confidence, balance of payments and retail sales.
In the US, the University of Michigan Confidence, personal spending and Chicago PMI reports will be unveiled.
The Eurozone unemployment rate for July is likely to hold steady at 12.1% when revealed, according to consensus.
In the earnings session, bwin.party and Perform Group will hog the limelight.
Friday August 30th
Alpha Bank GDR (Reg S) USD, Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure Sicav S.A.(DI), Bwin.party Digital Entertainment, Cathay International Holdings Ltd., Charles Taylor, Chesnara, Computacenter, Frontline Ld, Headlam Group, Heritage Oil, Independent News & Media, Lavendon Group, Marshalls, OJSC Cherkizovo Group GDR (Reg S), Perform Group, Polyus Gold International Ltd, Restaurant Group, Ruspetro, Shaft Sinkers Holdings
INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Blue Capital Global Reinsurance Fund Ltd (DI), Brunner Inv Trust, Independent Inv Trust, Japan Residential Investment Co Ltd., Jupiter Fund Management , Maven Income & Growth 3 VCT, Maven Income and Growth VCT 5, NB Private Equity Partners Ltd., Nichols
QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE
City of London Inv Trust, Picton Property Income Ltd
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Balance of Payments (GER) (07:00)
Business Climate Indicator (EU) (10:00)
Chicago PMI (US) (13:45)
Economic Sentiment Indicator (EU) (10:00)
GFK Consumer Confidence (GER) (07:00)
International Reserves (EU) (11:00)
Personal Consumption Expenditures (US) (13:30)
Personal Income (US) (13:30)
Personal Spending (US) (13:30)
Retail Sales (GER) (07:00)
U. of Michigan Confidence (US) (15:00)
Unemployment Rate (EU) (10:00)
SPECIAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Advanced Computer Software Group, Alternative Energy Ltd. (DI), Jubilant Energy, Naspers Ltd. ADR, Sweett Group
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Consumer Confidence (09:30)
Consumer Credit (09:30)
GFK Consumer Confidence (00:01)
Mortgage Approvals (09:30)
FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE
Energy Technique, Hasgrove, JPMorgan Euro
Small Co. Trust, Talisman VCT