Friday’s trading session follows four days of ups and downs for London-listed retailers and their shareholders.
It’s fair to say UK shops and supermarkets had a mixed Christmas.
Offline to online shopping was the theme, with the rainy weather putting people off walking the high streets.
Credit expert Experian (LON:EXPN) would probably stress the importance of budgeting in and around the festive period.
Its own finances will be under scrutiny tomorrow when the firm sends out a trading update.
JP Morgan analysts met with EXPN’s management back in November.
The feedback was that investment in growth initiatives - in areas such as health - was now coming through, particularly in North America.
Auto, business information and mortgages were also mentioned as strong areas.
At that point the investment bank had a 1,356p price target on the shares – a 20 per cent upside on current levels.
Not much else in the way of company announcements, although there’s US data to look out for.
Stats will tell us how much the manufacturing sector is acting as a dampener on US economic activity (industrial production data for December) and how far the US consumer is offsetting this (retail sales for December), both released on Friday.