Wednesday, UK's Chancellor of Exchequer Alistair Darling is set to announce his second budget statement at 7.30am ET.

According to the findings of the Operational Efficiency Programme released by the HM Treasury on Tuesday, there is a scope for GBP 15 billion of efficiency savings. In its pre-budget report, the government had increased the target for the current spending review period to GBP 35 billion savings.

Economists expect government borrowings in the range of GBP 150 billion to GBP 175 billion. This would lift borrowings to 12% of GDP for each of the coming two years.

Darling is also expected to downwardly revise the GDP forecast for the British economy.

At 3.30am ET, Dutch consumer confidence is due. Consumer confidence is forecast to rise to minus 33 in April from minus 34 last month.

Thereafter, the Bank of England minutes and the UK labor market statistics are due at 4.30am ET. At the end of two-day rate setting meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee of the BoE held the interest rate at historical low of 0.5%. A preliminary M4 money supply report is expected at the same time. After rising 1.4% in February, M4 money supply is expected to increase 1.2% on a monthly basis in March.

The number of people claiming jobless benefits in the UK is expected to increase 116,000 in March after reporting a record monthly increase in February. The claimant count rate is seen at 4.6%, up from 4.3% in February. Meanwhile, the ILO jobless rate for three months to February is forecast to increase to 6.7% from 6.5%.

In the meantime, the Office for National Statistics is also scheduled to issue UK's Public Sector Finance data. The public sector net cash requirement is seen at GBP 18 billion in March compared to GBP 4.4 billion in February.

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