By The Associated Press
Major business and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.WASHINGTON â¿¿ Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for September, 10 a.m. NEW YORK â¿¿ Selected chain retailers release September sales. BRUSSELS â¿¿ Retail sales figures for the 17-country Eurozone will be monitored to see if the recent signs of economic improvement are prompting consumers to spend more.