U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower Wall Street open on Tuesday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 down 0.1 to 0.3 percent.
ICSC/Goldman Sachs release chain store sales for the week ended January 5 at 1245 GMT. In the previous week, sales rose 0.6 percent.
Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> said it likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.3 billion as it sold close to 500 handsets a minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes for mobile devices, including those for rival Apple Inc
Redbook releases its Retail Sales Index of department and chain store sales for January at 1355 GMT. In the previous month, sales rose 0.1 percent.
Sears Holdings Corp
National Federation of Independent Business releases small business optimism index for December at 1230 GMT. In the previous month, the index read 87.5.
The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares turned flat in morning session on Tuesday after opening lower, with gains in telecom stocks offsetting declines in financial and mining shares.
U.S. stocks lost ground on Monday, as investors drew back from recent gains that lifted the S&P 500 to a five-year high, in anticipation of sluggish growth in corporate profits.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 50.92 points, or 0.38 percent, to 13,384.29. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 4.58 points, or 0.31 percent, to 1,461.89. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> lost 2.84 points, or 0.09 percent, to 3,098.81.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Alistair Lyon)