The Associated PressMajor business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday: WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m. WASHINGTON â¿¿ Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testifies about monetary policy and the economy before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. DETROIT â¿¿ Automakers release vehicle sales for February. NEW YORK â¿¿ Selected chain retailers release February sales comparisons. Kroger Co. reports quarterly financial results. Wendy's Co. reports quarterly financial results. Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch owner of U.S. grocery chains Stop & Shop and Giant, reports quarterly financial results. Lego, the privately-held Danish toymaker, reports 2011 financial results BRUSSELS â¿¿ European Union leaders meet in Brussels for a summit. SHANGHAI â¿¿ China releases its February purchasing managers index, an indicator of economic activity. PARIS â¿¿ France sells up to $10.7 billion in a medium- and long-term debt auction. MADRID â¿¿ Spain's Treasury plans to sell up to $6 billion in auctions of bonds maturing in 2014, 2015 and 2016.