UK retail sales kick off the week for data releases on Monday and the week ends with consumer price inflation from the US and several European countries, but there are slim pickings in between.
The European Central Bank is on its summer recess, and given this week's dearth of data from the eurozone, so too, it appears, are Eurostat officials.
There are scant offerings from the US and UK too as the northern hemisphere moves deep into holiday season.
UK retail sales
Data from the British Retail Consortium on July sales is published late on Monday night, and most will be learning of the impact of a turn in the weather when they arrive at their desks on Tuesday.
The BRC's June report showed a 1.2% rise in retail sales, recovering from May's 0.4% fall, largely thanks to the second-warmest June on record driving sales in non-food categories such as clothing and leisure.
By mid-July, however, the weather had turned and the low pressure systems that have brought wet, windy and cooler conditions since, are likely to have had a cooling effect on sales, too.
Most analysts expect a lower reading for July, many believe sales will have contracted again as continued pressure from the weak pound pushes up prices of imported discretionary items.
US inflation and productivity
Headline consumer price inflation (CPI) rose at an annual rate of 1.6% in June, two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the 1.4% inflation measured by personal consumption data – the measure preferred by the Federal Reserve.
Lower fuel costs had a negative impact on inflation in June, as stripping out energy and food prices gave a core CPI reading of 1.7%.
The Fed predicts inflationary pressures will pick up in the second half. Certainly, the weak dollar should be pushing up the prices of imported goods.
But while the central bank maintains its hawkish rate policy, with still two rate rises scheduled for the second half, inflationary pressures are being kept in check.
Few analysts now expect two further rate hikes this year as the economic data begins to soften and Wednesday's productivity and unit labour costs data should give further insight.
Productivity held flat in the first quarter after falling 0.6% in the prior three months. Meanwhile, inflationary pressure appears to be building on the input side as unit labour costs rose 2.2% in the first quarter.
UK manufacturing and industrial production
Manufacturing production – which measures the output from producers of finished goods – rose by 0.4% year-on-year in June, and should move higher in July if conditions reported by purchasing managers that month prevail.
Industrial production – the output from factories and mines – edged 0.2% lower year-on-year in June, but is also expected to recover slightly in July. Both sets of data are published on Thursday.
Consumer prices in Europe
Not the combined eurozone reading as there are no data releases from Eurostat this week, but individual readings from Germany, France, Italy and Spain are all published on Friday.
In June, Germany's headline annual CPI stood at 1.7%, while France's stood at 0.8%. Spain's was 1.5% and Italy's 1.1%.
Analysts expect no surprise moves in July, which should leave the main eurozone rate of annual inflation at 1.3%, as recorded in the flash estimate last week.
New Zealand interest rates
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is expected to keep the country's main policy rate on hold at a record low of 1.75% on Wednesday.
In May, the central bank signalled rates would be on hold for a couple more years, and since this policy statement, both inflation and economic growth have softened, so some expect the bank to even more dovish.
Best of the rest
Trade balance data are published in China, Germany and France on Tuesday, while on Monday Japan's leading economic index is released.
On Wednesday, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors publishes its house price balance – two days after the Halifax bank releases its measure of house price growth.
Quarterly results in the US this week are dominated by media and entertainment groups. Among them are CBS on Monday, Walt Disney and Warner Music on Tuesday and News Corp on Thursday.
On Tuesday are updates from brewer MillerCoors and fashion group Ralph Lauren and retailers Office Depot and JC Penney report on Wednesday and Friday respectively.
In the UK, insurers Standard Life, Prudential and Old Mutual publish quarterly updates on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday respectively, while banking group Santander is on Monday.
Leisure groups InterContinental Hotels and Tui Travel report on Tuesday and Thursday.