Tomorrow sees the United States release advance trade data in respect of July, in what is one of the first updates since the Trump administration ignited a trade war with China.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is due to discuss international trade at an event in Stockholm.

On Thursday, EU foreign affairs ministers will meet in Vienna to discuss the Middle East, transatlantic relations, the Iran nuclear deal, and North Korea. The latest consumer confidence figures for the Eurozone will also be released on Thursday. Domestically, tomorrow the Central Statistics Office releases the retail sales index for July, while earnings and labour costs data for the three months to June 30 is out on Wednesday.

It‘s a busy week for second-quarter earnings on the home front, with a raft of domestic plcs reporting. Permanent TSB, on Wednesday, will be followed by ferry operator ICG, UK-focused financial services group IFG and fruit importer Total Produce on Thursday, and Independent News & Media (INM), the publisher of this newspaper, on Friday.

Irish Independent