All eyes at the end of the week were expected to be on the monthly US non-farm payrolls report.
Investors would be scrutinising the details of the release for any signal of further easing in the US labour market and the potential implications for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.
Consensus was for a 250,000 person increase in hiring in September following the preliminary estimate of a 315,000 person gain in August.
The unemployment rate meanwhile was seen holding steady at 3.7%, alongside a 0.3% month-on-month increase in average hourly earnings.
Across the Channel, at 0700 BST, German retail sales and industrial production data for August were due out.
On home shores, just after midnight the Recruitment and Employment Confederation would publish its permanent staff placements and salaries indices for September.
Friday 07 October
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Alpha Fx Group , Cairn Homes (CDI), Camellia, Capital & Regional, Centamin (DI), Churchill China, CRH (CDI), Drax Group, Elecosoft Public Limited Company, Eurocell , Glanbia (CDI), Globaldata, Grafton Group Ut (CDI), Greggs, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd Com Shs (DI), H&T Group, Irish Continental Group Units (Comp) (CDI), JPMorgan American Inv Trust, Kingspan Group (CDI), Lords Group Trading, Maven Income & Growth 4 VCT, Property Franchise Group, Secured Income Fund , Wentworth Resources NPV, Zotefoams
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Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA
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I3 Energy , Land Securities Group
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Consumer Credit (US) (20:00)
Industrial Production (GER) (07:00)
Non-Farm Payrolls (US) (13:30)
Unemployment Rate (US) (13:30)
Wholesales Inventories (US) (15:00)
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Alfa Financial Software Holdings , NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited Ext Shs, NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited Red Ord
UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Halifax House Price Index (07:00)
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DWF Group , Finncap Group , Walker Crips Group