U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday, as investors mulled the impact of the strong U.S. dollar and economic data.
Retail sales for February fell 0.6 percent, missing expectations of a slight gain. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services were unchanged after a 0.1 percent decline in January.
The so-called core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product.
The second straight month of weakness suggests a marked slowdown in consumer spending in the first quarter after the fourth quarter's surge.
Analysts were looking at retail sales for a confirmation of consumer confidence that indicated a stronger economy on all fronts, not just in employment numbers.
Weekly jobless claims fell more than expected to 289,000, below the prior week's 320,000.
Import prices for February rose 0.4 percent, versus a revised decline of 3.1 percent in January. Export prices declined 0.1 percent, less than January's decline of 1.9 percent.
Intel lowered its first quarter revenue outlook, noting weaker demand for business desktop PCs and that inventory levels are lower than expected.
Dollar General matched estimates with quarterly profit of $1.17 per share, though revenue was slightly below estimates.The discount retailer also initiated a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share.
The retailer announced on Saturday plans to expand into Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island, taking its presence to 43 states.