By The Associated Press
Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Commerce Department releases international trade data for January, 8:30 a.m.WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for January, 3 p.m. NEW YORK â¿¿ Several chain retailers release February sales comparisons. H&R Block Inc. reports quarterly financial results. The Kroger Co. reports quarterly financial results. FRANKFURT, Germany â¿¿ European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone. BERLIN â¿¿ Germany releases January industrial orders figures.