PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                        Latest      Week    % Change
                                                         week        ago    year ago
      STEEL (8/13) thous. of net tons                   1,798       1,795#      -2.8
      AUTOS (8/13) units                                110,629     102,398r#    6.5
      TRUCKS (8/13) units                               113,623     113,343r#   32.9
      ELECTRIC POWER (8/13) millions of kilowatt-hours  67,332      68,046#      1.9
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/13) thous. of bbl./day      14,388      14,402#      2.4
      COAL (8/6) thous. of net tons                     19,539#     19,925      11.6
      PAPERBOARD (8/6) thous. of tons                   920.3#      883.3       14.2
      PAPER (8/6) thous. of tons                        837.0#      827.0r       3.8
      LUMBER (8/6) millions of ft.                      481.9#      504.5        9.1
      RAIL FREIGHT (8/6) billions of ton-miles          23.5#       24.1        12.4
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                             Latest           Week            Year
                              week            ago             ago
      JAPANESE YEN (8/17)     100             101             105
      GERMAN MARK (8/17)      1.56            1.58            1.69
      BRITISH POUND (8/17)    1.54            1.54            1.51
      FRENCH FRANC (8/17)     5.34            5.40            5.87
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/17)  1.38            1.37            1.32
      SWISS FRANC (8/17)      1.31            1.33            1.49
      MEXICAN PESO (8/17)3    3.399           3.388           3.108
      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 (8/17) $/troy oz.                  377.200         378.300         0.9
      STEEL SCRAP (8/16) #1 heavy, $/ton      134.50          136.50          19.6
      FOODSTUFFS (8/16) index, 1967=100       214.5           212.3           1.2
      COPPER (8/13)  cents/lb.                112.4           111.7           24.9
      ALUMINUM (8/13)  cents/lb.              70.0            70.0            25.6
      WHEAT (8/13) #2 hard, $/bu.             3.59            3.56            9.1
      COTTON (8/13) strict low middling
          1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.              71.07           71.30           35.0
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Knight-Ridder 
      Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                                 Latest           Week     % Change
                                                  week             ago      year ago
      STOCK PRICES (8/12) S&P 500                459.39          459.70          2.1
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/12)           8.12%           7.96%          17.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/12)         104.6           104.6           9.3
      BUSINESS FAILURES (8/5)                    NA              298             NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/3) billions          $434.8           $432.3          4.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/1) billions           $3,566.4         $3,565.8r       2.2
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (7/30) thous. 315             329            -6.0
      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
      
      MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS
                                                     Latest  Month   % Change
                                                      month   ago     year ago
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (July) total index        117.2           116.9r     5.7
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (July)                     148.6           148.1      2.8
      PRODUCER PRICE INDEX (July) finished goods      125.8           125.2      0.6
      RETAIL SALES (July) billions                   $184.8          $184.9r     6.7
      Sources: Federal Reserve, BLS, Census Bureau
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                              Latest          Week     % Change
                                               week            ago     year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (8/1)                 $1,159.2        $1,158.2r   6.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (8/3)             299.4           298.2      8.2
      FREE RESERVES (8/3)                     916r            280r       940.9
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/3)     154.2           149.6     -3.1
      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 (8/16)                    4.35%           4.23%           3.06%
      PRIME (8/17)                            7.75            7.25            6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (8/17)         4.91            4.81            3.17
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (8/17)  4.86            4.78            3.13
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (8/12)               4.76            4.68            3.13
      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.
      1 = Western Wood Products Assn.      2 = Southern Forest Products Assn.      3 
      = Free market value      NA = Not available r = revised      NM = Not meaningful
      
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