The Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 share index futures were down between 0.4 and 1 percent on Thursday, pointing to a lower start on Wall Street.
* ICSC releases chain store sales for February versus a year ago. In the previous month, sales fell 1.6 percent versus a year earlier.
* Major retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Macy's
* Commerce Department releases January factory orders at 10 a.m. EST. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a fall of 3.5 percent compared with a 3.9 percent drop in the prior month.
* Adobe Systems Inc
* Beleaguered automaker Ford Motor Co
* Shares of Hot Topic
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by Simon Jessop)