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08 September 2023 | William Buckhurst | Charlie Todd

That Was The Week That Was


  • Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey indicated that rates may not have to rise further. He commented that “many of the indicators are now moving as we would expect them to move” and that “indicators are signalling the fall in inflation will continue” with a “marked” drop in inflation likely this year and that monetary policy was probably “near the top of the cycle.”
  • ECB Governing Council member Klass Knot stated that investors were “maybe” understating the likelihood of the ECB raising rates. Knot, one of the more hawkish ECB officials, stated that the September rate decision would be a “close call” and that a further hike was a possibility
  • North Korea’s leader will hold talks with Vladimir Putin about supplying weapons to Russia
  • The oil price headed higher after Saudi Arabia announced it would extend its cuts through to the end of the year, prolonging its unilateral 1 million barrel per day output cut by another three months to the end of the December, holding output at around 9 million barrels, the lowest in several years. Russia also announced that it would extend its 300k production cut by the same time period


  • Shares in Apple finished lower on the week following further reports around Chinese actions on use of the iPhone. It was reported that China was planning on broadening the ban on iPhones to government backed agencies and state companies with several agencies instructing staff to not bring their iPhones to work
  • The luxury sector fell this week following comments from Richemont Chairman Johann Rupert at its AGM. Rupert stated that persistent higher prices were prompting even well-heeled European consumers to scale back buying and that inflation was starting to impact luxury demand noting that “we’ve seen the squeeze.
  • The impact of the actors and writers strike in Hollywood is starting to take effect as Warner Bros. Discovery flagged a cut to their 2023 earnings of c.$500m as production on movies and TV grinds to a halt
  • Melrose upgraded full year guidance in their half year results by 9% and suggested the share buyback would start earlier than expected. The Melrose management team also announced they would be stepping down
  • Ashtead announced strong quarterly results as 1Q EBITDA increased 18% y/y to $1.23bn vs $1.22bn expected but management commented that UK market conditions were softening but overall performance was expected to be in line with expectations
  • Smurfit Kappa reported it was in merger discussions with North American cardboard company, WestRock


An end of an era and a round of A-Paws. The 2023 Proms came to an end this week but sadly so did Sir Simon Rattle’s stewardship of the London Symphony Orchestra who he joined in 2015 from the Berlin Philharmonic. The conductor chose Mahler’s Ninth Symphony – poignant as the composer wrote ‘Leb’ wohl!’ (‘farewell’) onto the score. In the market it could be an end of supernatural profits in the pet sector as the CMA launched an investigation into the veterinary sector including pricing and consolidation sending the shares of Pets At Home and CVS Group materially lower.


1504: Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence

1966: the first episode of sci-fi series Star Trek aired on American televison


Country Garden, the largest Chinese property developer, narrowly avoided defaulting on its debt when it made a late interest payment this week of US$22.5m. However, this is not a one-off but a reflection of the overall state of the Chinese real estate sector and the firm still has US$15bn to repay over the next year

Whilst economic news from China this week suggested that exports had fallen almost 9% vs August 2022 and the overall trend over the last four months is still down, the car sector is, however, booming. Exports in this market have quadrupled since 2020. Europe, with its move to EV by the end of the decade, is a clear target and Chinese cars now account for 8% of European sales, an increase from 4% in 2021. Alongside this, China dominates in the supply chain for EVs with CATL responsible for 33% of EV batteries sold globally. In anticipation of this growth trend being maintained, Chinese shipyards are reported to be ‘struggling to build fleets fast enough to move vehicles overseas’


As the “rostbif” descend on Marseille on their Sweet Chariot for the opening of the Rugby World Cup for various “crouching”, “binding”, and “setting” there was more bad news for Sam Bankman-Fried: “Notwithstanding multiple requests for a vegan diet, he continues to be served a flesh diet” so claimed his lawyer as part of his appeal for SBF to be released from jail on bail due to the unsatisfactory nature of his current accommodation.


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As at 8th September 2023. Source: InFront


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