Business Week Index
THE WEEK AHEAD
Monday, Nov. 17, 9:15 a.m. EST -- The nation's factories, mines, and utilities
probably increased their output by a solid 0.5% in October, according to the
median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International, one of The
McGraw-Hill Companies. That gain follows a stronger 0.7% jump in September. The
average operating rate for all industry likely rose to 84.6% last month, from
84.4% in September.
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Consumer prices of all goods and services
likely rose 0.2% in October, the same small advance posted in September.
Excluding food and energy, prices probably also rose just 0.2%, which, again,
is the same increase recorded in September.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Inventories held by manufacturers,
wholesalers, and retailers likely rose by 0.4% in September, after growing 0.2%
in August. Factories have already reported a 0.2% increase in stock levels for
September. Business sales likely grew a strong 1% for the month, after falling
0.5% in August.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. EST -- The MMS survey forecasts that housing
starts likely fell in October, to an annual rate of 1.46 million. That follows
a 7.9% jump in September, to a 1.5 million pace. Residential construction did
not add much to economic growth in the third quarter. But high demand suggests
that homebuilding will be a bigger growth contributor this quarter.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. EST -- The foreign trade deficit for goods and
services in September was probably little changed from its August level of
$10.3 billion. Exports, which rose just 0.2% in August, probably climbed
further in September, while imports, up 0.6% in August, likely increased again
to another record high.