TODAY

The Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for August.

Officials from the U.S. and the European Union start a second, weeklong negotiation round on the planned free trade agreement between the two economic giants. The talks in Brussels will focus on harmonizing regulations — one of the many issues to tackle in view of concluding a deal, possibly within a year or so, that would strengthen trade and boost gross domestic product on both sides of the Atlantic.

TUESDAY

Economy Ministry releases August industrial orders figures for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and one of SOuth Carolina’s largest trading partners.

The Federal Statistical Office releases export and import data for August.

WEDNESDAY

The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its September interest-rate meeting.

The Economy Ministry releases August industrial production figures for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy.

THURSDAY

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors releases its September home sales report.

U.S. Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims.

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

Treasury releases federal budget for fiscal year 2012.

Source: Associated Press