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.

NEW YORK â¿¿ Retailers release sales data for July.

WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

General Motors Co. reports quarterly financial results.

Kraft Foods Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market close.

LinkedIn Corp. reports quarterly financial results after the market close.

Southwest Airlines Co. reports quarterly financial results.

CVS Caremark Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Cigna Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

DirecTV reports quarterly financial results.

First Solar Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market close.

FRANKFURT, Germany â¿¿ The European Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the 17-nation eurozone.

BRUSSELS â¿¿ The European Commission concludes the first phase of its competition review of the merger between Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext.

PARIS â¿¿ A special French court decides whether to investigate new IMF chief Christine Lagarde's role in a controversial arbitration deal.

Netherlands-based Unilever NV, maker of Dove soap, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry's ice cream reports quarterly financial results.

ING Groep NV, the largest private Dutch bank, reports quarterly financial results.

German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom reports quarterly financial results.

German shoemaker Adidas reports quarterly financial results.

Australian mining company Rio Tinto Ltd. reports financial results.

German reinsurer Munich Re AG reports quarterly financial results.

LONDON â¿¿ The Bank of England meets to set interest rates.

BERLIN â¿¿ Germany releases industrial orders data for June.

MADRID â¿¿ Spain plans to sell debt with investor confidence shaky despite new Greek rescue deal.

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