Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming month:

All times are Eastern.

THURSDAY, March 1

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

DETROIT — Automakers release vehicle sales for February.

MONDAY, March 5

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

TUESDAY, March 6

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases factory orders for January, 10 a.m.

Macy's Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

WEDNESDAY, March 7

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases international trade data for January, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for January, 3 p.m.

Lowe's Companies Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

FRIDAY, March 9

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases employment data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for January, 10 a.m.

J.C. Penney Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

TUESDAY, March 13

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for February, 8:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 14

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases retail sales data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for February, 8:30 a.m.

THURSDAY, March 15

WASHINGTON — Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Treasury releases international money flows data for December, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 16

WASHINGTON —Federal Reserve releases industrial production for February, 9:15 a.m.; Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for January, 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, March 20

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.

WEDNESDAY, March 21

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases current account trade measure for the fourth quarter, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for February, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates; statement and projections due at 2:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 22

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

BERLIN — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a closely watched indicator for Europe's biggest economy.

FRIDAY, March 23

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases durable goods for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases new home sales for February, 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, March 27

WASHINGTON — Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for January, 9 a.m.; Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for March, 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 28

WASHINGTON — National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for February, 10 a.m.

THURSDAY, March 29

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for February, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, March 30

U.S. stock and bond markets are closed for Good Friday.