Economic data reports in the U.S., including the closely-watched employment report for February, will probably be released with small delays as inclement weather delays the opening of government agencies.
Besides the monthly employment and earnings report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Commerce is scheduled to release the trade balance for January Friday at 8:30am EST. The two-hour delayed opening means the lockups normally held to give access to the press ahead of the releases are canceled.
The government agencies have said in the past that under such circumstances they will make every effort to publish the reports on their websites. That means the data will come out shortly after the 8:30 a.m. scheduled release.
The Federal Reserve is due to publish its report on consumer credit in January at 3pm; this should not be affected by the weather issues.
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