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Business

  • Japan’s exports up in September, deficit persists
      TOKYO – Japan’s trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
  • Kleenex maker plans 1,300 cuts
    DALLAS – Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.
  • McDonald's plans changes as sales slip
    NEW YORK – McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.
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Week Ahead

Today

•Commerce Department releases durable goods for December

•National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for December

Tuesday

•Standard & Poor’s releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for November

•The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January

•Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates

Wednesday

•Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product

Thursday

•Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims

•Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates

•Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December

Friday

•Labor Department releases employment data for January

•Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January

•Commerce Department releases construction spending for December

•Automakers release vehicle sales for January

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