Personal Finance

The week ahead: December’s unemployment numbers arrive next Friday

MONDAY: Consumer spending; factory orders; Treasury securities auction.

TUESDAY: International trade; earnings from Family Dollar, Monsanto.

WEDNESDAY: ADP employment report; consumer credit; minutes from December’s Federal Open Market Committee economic policy meeting.

THURSDAY: Chain store sales; initial jobless claims; Bloomberg consumer comfort index; Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, speaks in Madison, Wis.

FRIDAY: December unemployment data; wholesale trade.