The spotlight at the end of the week will be firmly on the US jobs report for the month of March.
Analysts are calling for non-farm payrolls to rise by 175,000 after the prior month's dismal reading of 20,000 which in turn was payback for January's bumper gain of 311,000.

According to economists, the latest reading on the ISM's services sector employment gauge, released two days before, was consistent with a pace of hiring just north of 200,000 people per month.

And at 202,000, the latest weekly jobless claims figures were at their lowest level since March 1969 and thus also pointing to firm demand for labour.

Such tightness in the labour market was expected to keep the year-on-year rate of gains in average hourly earnings at 3.4%.

In the background meanwhile, all eyes will be on the headlines coming out of the US-China trade negotiations in Washington and the third day of talks between the Labour party and the UK government to try and reach an agreement on how to avoid a 'no-deal' Brexit.

No FTSE 350 companies were scheduled to publish results.

Friday April 05

INTERIM DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited NPV (DI), London Finance & Investment Group, MJ Gleeson

QUARTERLY PAYMENT DATE

Brunner Inv Trust, Total SA

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consumer Credit (US) (21:00)

Factory Orders (GER) (07:00)

Industrial Production (GER) (07:00)

Non-Farm Payrolls (US) (13:30)

Retail Sales (EU) (10:00)

Unemployment Rate (US) (13:30)

FINALS

Creo Medical Group

ANNUAL REPORT

Bank of Georgia Group, Bank of Georgia Group, Menzies(John)

AGMS

Low & Bonar, Tekcapital

TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS

GVC Holdings

UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Halifax House Price Index (08:30)

FINAL DIVIDEND PAYMENT DATE

Apax Global Alpha Limited , Barclays, Grafton Group Units, MTI Wireless Edge Ltd.

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