RTÉ Business is today looking at key Christmas trading statements from retailers Tesco and Marks & Spencer, as well as a report from insurer RSA on financial irregularities at its Irish subsidiary.

Irish figures from the CSO include the monthly services index, with regular updates on how the Dublin, European and US markets are faring. 

News from the euro zone today include economic and consumer confidence indices for December, as well as a European Central Bank interest rate meeting in Frankfurt. The Bank of England also meets on rates in London today.

This afternoon, attention will focus on the US and initial jobless claims as well as the start of the US reporting season, with quarterly results due from industrial giant Alcoa.