PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                Latest           Week      % Change
                                                  week            ago     year ago
      STEEL (8/20) thous. of net tons            1,809           1,798   #     -3.0
      AUTOS (8/20) units                       122,760         119,127 r#      29.7
      TRUCKS (8/20) units                      118,243         119,556 r#      26.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (8/20) millions of
      kilowatt-hours                            67,975          67,332  #       -2.3
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/20) thous.
      of bbl./day                               14,355          14,388  #       2.5
      COAL (8/13) thous. of net tons            20,393  #       19,539          15.8
      PAPERBOARD (8/13) thous. of tons           900.9   #       919.7   r      10.8
      PAPER (8/13) thous. of tons                837.0   #       834.0   r       3.5
      LUMBER (8/13) millions of ft.              478.1   #       481.9           8.3
      RAIL FREIGHT (8/13) billions of
      ton-miles                                   24.2    #       23.5          18.6
      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 (8/24)     98              100             104
      GERMAN MARK (8/24)      1.54            1.56            1.67
      BRITISH POUND (8/24)    1.55            1.54            1.51
      FRENCH FRANC (8/24)     5.29            5.34            5.85
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/24)  1.38            1.38            1.32
      SWISS FRANC (8/24)      1.30            1.31            1.47
      MEXICAN PESO (8/24)3    3.342           3.399           3.107
      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 (8/24) $/troy oz.                 383.900         377.200         3.4
      STEEL SCRAP (8/23) #1 heavy, $/ton      134.50          134.50        19.6
      FOODSTUFFS (8/23) index, 1967=100        214.6           214.5         1.8
      COPPER (8/20)  cents/lb.                 112.9           112.4        24.9
      ALUMINUM (8/20)  cents/lb.                71.0            70.0        30.9
      WHEAT (8/20) #2 hard, $/bu.               3.73            3.59        11.3
      COTTON (8/20) strict low middling
      1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.                   68.06           71.07        30.0
      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 (8/19) S&P 500            463.63          459.39        2.6
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/19)         8.07 %          8.12 %     18.9
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/19)      105.9           104.6       11.1
      BUSINESS FAILURES (8/12)                  NA              287         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/10) billions      $436.0          $434.8        4.8
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/8) billions      $3,553.9        $3,572.0r       2.0
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
      (8/6) thous.                              324             315       -2.1
      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
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (July)
      billions                                  $144.9          $151.2  r       12.8
      BUDGET SURPLUS OR DEFICIT (-) (July)
      millions                                -$33,198          $14,850 r       NM
      HOUSING STARTS (July) annual rate,
      thous.                                     1,415           1,351   r    13.7
      REAL GROSS WEEKLY PAY (July)             $255.48         $255.58         0.4
      Sources: Commerce Dept., Treasury Dept., BLS
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                             Latest            Week       % Change
                                              week             ago         year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (8/8)                 $1,147.4       $1,158.8 r       5.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (8/10)              300.3          299.7 r       9.5
      FREE RESERVES (8/17)                        421            917 r      32.0
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/10)      150.5           154.2       -4.7
      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 (8/23)                    4.64 %          4.35 %          2.98 %
      PRIME (8/24)                            7.75            7.75            6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (8/23)         4.91            4.91            3.14
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (8/24)  4.87            4.86            3.14
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (8/19)               4.85            4.76            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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