PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                       Latest          Week            % Change
                                       week            ago             year ago
      STEEL (8/6) thous. of net tons   1,795           1,769#          -1.6
      AUTOS (8/6) units                108,987         114,052r#       17.3
      TRUCKS (8/6) units               108,989         106,089r#       30.6
      ELECTRIC POWER (8/6) millions
        of kilowatt-hours              68,046          68,201#         2.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/6)
        thous. of bbl./day             14,402          14,153#         1.7
      COAL (7/30) thous. of net tons   19,925#         19,374          20.0
      PAPERBOARD (7/30) thous. of tons 883.3#          863.4r          8.0
      PAPER (7/30) thous. of tons      826.0#          814.0r          4.3
      LUMBER (7/30) millions of ft.    504.5#          457.9           6.6
      RAIL FREIGHT (7/30) billions
        of ton-miles                   24.1    #       23.3            15.3
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA*, SFPA**, Association of American Railroads
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                        Latest          Week            % Change
                                        week            ago             year ago
      STOCK PRICES (8/5) S&P 500        459.70          454.53          2.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/5)   7.96%           8.05%           13.1
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/5) 104.6           104.7           9.8
      BUSINESS FAILURES (7/29)          NA              316             NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (7/27) billions $432.3          $432.9  r       5.0
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (7/25) billions  $3,567.0        $3,561.2r       2.4
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
        (7/23) thous.                   329             390             -16.9
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun 
      & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR 
      seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                                Latest          Week            Year
                                week            ago             ago
      JAPANESE YEN (8/10)       101             100             102
      GERMAN MARK (8/10)        1.58            1.58            1.71
      BRITISH POUND (8/10)      1.54            1.54            1.46
      FRENCH FRANC (8/10)       5.40            5.41            6.05
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/10)    1.37            1.39            1.31
      SWISS FRANC (8/10)        1.33            1.34            1.53
      MEXICAN PESO (8/10)***    3.388           3.380           3.154
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      PRICES
                                              Latest       Week       % Change
                                              week         ago        year ago
      GOLD (8/10) $/troy oz.                  378.300      378.450     0.6
      STEEL SCRAP (8/9) #1 heavy, $/ton       136.50       117.50     21.3
      FOODSTUFFS (8/9) index, 1967=100        212.3        213.9       1.6
      COPPER (8/6)  cents/lb. 111.7           115.7         22.1
      ALUMINUM (8/6)  cents/lb.                70.0         71.0      23.3
      WHEAT (8/6) #2 hard, $/bu.                3.56         3.53     10.2
      COTTON (8/6) strict low middling
        1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                 71.30        74.18     29.6
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Knight-Ridder 
      Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS
                                              Latest     Month        % Change
                                              month      ago          year ago
      BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (July)   196.4      196.8r       3.9
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (July)      241.1      238.0r       8.2
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (July) millions    122.5      122.4r       1.8
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (July)        6.1%       6.0%       NM
      Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                              Latest     Week       % Change
                                              week       ago        year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (7/25)              $1,158.6   $1,153.1r       6.7
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (7/27)            298.2      343.2r       9.1
      FREE RESERVES (8/3)                     875        352r       894.3
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (7/27)    149.6      153.6       -6.5
      Sources: Federal Reserve (in billions, except for free reserves, which are 
      expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      MONEY MARKET RATES
                                              Latest      Week        Year
                                              week        ago         ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (8/9)                     4.23%       4.21%       2.98%
      PRIME (8/10)                            7.25        7.25        6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (8/10)         4.81        4.69        3.20
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (8/10)  4.78        4.67        3.15
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (8/5)                4.68        4.73        3.18
      Sources: Federal Reserve, First Boston
      # Raw data in the production indicators are seasonally adjusted in computing
        the BW index (chart); other components (estimated and not listed) include
        machinery and defense equipment.
      *   = Western Wood Products Assn.
      **  = Southern Forest Products Assn.
      *** = Free market value
      NA = Not available
      r = revised
      NM = Not meaningful
      
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