China's exports, measured in U.S. dollars, increased 21% last month compared with January 2009, the General Administration of Customs said. At the same time, the trade surplus narrowed because of additional imports, the agency said.
Spain's economy, burdened with the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone, contracted in the fourth quarter, the National Statistics Institute said. GDP dropped 0.1%, declining for the seventh straight quarter.
Freddie Mac's survey of U.S. residential lenders found that 30-year fixed-rate home mortgages have fallen to less than 5%. For the week that ended Thursday, the rate was 4.97%, down slightly from the previous week's 5.01%.
Greece is not alone in placing the future of the euro in doubt, economists said. Increasing debt and budget deficits also are serious problems in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Economist Nouriel Roubini said the euro could be torn apart if the eurozone does not come to terms with debt it piled up during the financial crisis.
Between the third and fourth quarters, sales of previously occupied houses in the U.S. increased 13.9%, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median price paid increased 2.9%, the group said.