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Business events scheduled for the coming week


MONDAY, March 4

BRUSSELS — Finance ministers of the 17-nation eurozone meet to discuss details of a bailout for cash-strapped Cyprus, further steps of assistance for Portugal and Ireland as well as the controversial issue of direct banking recapitalization through Europe's permanent rescue fund.

TUESDAY, March 5

WASHINGTON — Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for February, 10 a.m. Eastern.

GENEVA — The Geneva Motor Show opens for the media.

WEDNESDAY, March 6

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases factory orders for January, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.; House Finance Services subcommittee hearing on the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Staples Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

THURSDAY, March 7

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases international trade data for January, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for January, 3 p.m.

NEW YORK — Several chain retailers release February sales comparisons.

H&R Block Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

The Kroger Co. reports quarterly financial results.

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.

BERLIN — Germany releases January industrial orders figures.

FRIDAY, March 8

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases employment data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for January, 10 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany releases January industrial production figures.


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