PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                     Latest       Week          % Change
                                      week         ago         year ago
      STEEL (8/27) thous. of
      net tons                       1,858           1,809   #      0.1
      AUTOS (8/27) units           116,719         126,754 r#      18.3
      TRUCKS (8/27) units          110,501         122,359 r#      21.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (8/27)
      millions of kilowatt-hours    67,213          67,975  #      -4.4
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/27)
      thous. of bbl./day            14,415          14,355  #       3.5
      COAL (8/20) thous. of net
      tons                          20,435  #       20,393          13.6
      PAPERBOARD (8/20) thous. of
      tons                            886.8   #       884.1   r      8.1
      PAPER (8/20) thous. of tons     841.0   #       838.0   r      4.2
      LUMBER (8/20) millions of ft.   472.8   #       478.1          3.7
      RAIL FREIGHT (8/20)
      billions of ton-miles            24.3    #       24.2          12.5
      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 (8/31)     100             98              105
      GERMAN MARK (8/31)      1.58            1.54            1.65
      BRITISH POUND (8/31)    1.54            1.55            1.50
      FRENCH FRANC (8/31)     5.41            5.29            5.81
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (8/31)  1.37            1.38            1.32
      SWISS FRANC (8/31)      1.33            1.30            1.45
      MEXICAN PESO (8/31)3    3.387           3.342           3.106
      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 (8/31) $/troy oz.  385.750         383.900         4.5
      STEEL SCRAP (8/30)
      #1 heavy, $/ton          134.50          134.50        19.6
      FOODSTUFFS (8/30) index,
      1967=100                 213.2           214.6          0.9
      COPPER (8/27)
      cents/lb.                113.3           112.9         24.2
      ALUMINUM (8/27)
      cents/lb.                 72.0            71.0         34.0
      WHEAT (8/27) #2 hard,
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                               Latest          Week     % Change
                                                week            ago      year ago
      STOCK PRICES (8/26) S&P 500              467.55          463.63        1.8
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/26)           8.13%          8.07%       21.2
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/26)        106.3           105.9       11.4
      BUSINESS FAILURES (8/19)                    NA              317         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/17) billions        $436.5          $435.9  r     5.6
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/15) billions       $3,560.5        $3,554.5  r     2.0
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/13)
      thous.                                      325             325  r     0.3
      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
      PERSONAL INCOME (July) annual rate,
      billions                                $5,692.9      $5,663.0 r       6.3
      CONSUMER SPENDING (July) billions       $4,620.2      $4,612.5 r       5.4
      NEW HOME SALES (July) annual rate.
      thous.                                       664           613         2.6
      11 LEADING INDICATORS COMPOSITE (July)
      index                                      101.5         101.5         3.7
      Sources: Commerce Dept.
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                               Latest          Week       % Change
                                                 week           ago       year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (8/15)                 $1,148.2      $1,147.8 r       4.9
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (8/17)               301.2         300.0 r       10.1
      FREE RESERVES (8/17)                         487           887 r       52.7
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/17)       150.1         150.5         -6.3
      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 (8/30)                       4.67%       4.64%          3.08%
      PRIME (8/31)                               7.75        7.75           6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (8/31)            4.91        4.91           3.17
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (8/31)     4.89        4.87           3.13
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (8/26)                  4.86        4.85           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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