Food, drink, entertainment set standard for week ahead
This week's company results are dominated by food and drink as Diageo, Heinz, Whitbread and Rank all releasing results.
After the bank holiday weekend sterling started the week at $1.89875, 221.93500 yen and 1.48030.
Diageo, the world's largest alcoholic drinks maker with brands such as Guinness, Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff, is expected to announce full year pre-tax profits of around £2 billion.
Whitbread, the hospitality company will also be releasing interim results on Thursday, the first since the sale last month of 239 stand-alone pub restaurant to Mitchells & Butlers for £497 million.
The firm hopes the sale will allow it to focus on operating those sites that combine a pub-restaurant with a Premier Travel Inn. Whitbread's other brands include Costa, TGI Friday's and Beefeater.
Also releasing results this week are HJ Heinz, the radio and music business Chrysalis Group and Rank Group - which is currently undergoing restructuring under new chief executive Ian Burke.