PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                          Latest             Week      % Change
                                            week              ago      year ago
      STEEL (9/10) thous. of net tons      1,781           1,894#          -3.2
      AUTOS (9/10) units                 110,952         127,786r#         29.1
      TRUCKS (9/10) units                100,890         115,578r#         24.5
      ELECTRIC POWER (9/10)
        millions of kilowatt-hours        59,863          64,790#           0.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/10)
        thous. of bbl./day                14,403          14,259#           4.2
      COAL (9/3) thous. of net tons       20,949#         21,010           10.4
      PAPERBOARD (9/3) thous. of tons      905.4#          903.6r          11.9
      PAPER (9/3) thous. of tons           823.0#          828.0r          -1.2
      LUMBER (9/3) millions of ft.         474.1#          477.2            6.8
      RAIL FREIGHT (9/3)
        billions of ton-miles               24.7#           24.6            10.3
      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 (9/14)     99              99              104
      GERMAN MARK (9/14)      1.54            1.55            1.61
      BRITISH POUND (9/14)    1.57            1.55            1.53
      FRENCH FRANC (9/14)     5.27            5.31            5.63
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (9/14)  1.35            1.37            1.31
      SWISS FRANC (9/14)      1.28            1.30            1.41
      MEXICAN PESO (9/14)3    3.411           3.398           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 (9/14) $/troy oz.                  390.300         389.700         12.2
      STEEL SCRAP (9/13) #1 heavy, $/ton      134.50          134.50          19.6
      FOODSTUFFS (9/13) index, 1967=100       215.3           213.7           1.4
      COPPER (9/10)  cents/lb.                121.3           119.1           34.1
      ALUMINUM (9/10)  cents/lb.              75.8            74.0            41.6
      WHEAT (9/10) #2 hard, $/bu.             3.99            3.90            19.5
      COTTON (9/10) strict low
        middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.       72.54           71.29           35.5
      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 (9/9) S&P 500                471.74          474.06          2.9
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/9)           8.22%           8.09%           26.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/9)         107.1           106.9           12.9
      BUSINESS FAILURES (9/2)                   NA              326             NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/31) billions         $438.2          $436.0          5.7
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/29) billions          $3,562.5        $3,564.3r       2.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/27) thous.333             323             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
      BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (August)      198.5         196.3r          5.4
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (August)         244.5         241.3r          8.2
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (August)                149.1         148.6           2.9
      PRODUCER PRICE INDEX (August) finished goods 126.6         125.8           1.9
      Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                              Latest          Week       % Change
                                              week            ago        year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (8/29)                 $1,154.5        $1,154.4r       5.3
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (8/31)            300.3           299.5r          9.7
      FREE RESERVES (8/31)                    511r            501r          -37.4
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (8/31)    149.4           148.3          -5.4
      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 (9/13)                    4.64%           4.81%           3.03%
      PRIME (9/14)                            7.75            7.75            6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (9/13)         4.95            4.91            3.15
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (9/13)  4.95            4.87            3.12
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (9/9)                4.89            4.88            3.06
      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 availabler = revised      NM = Not meaningful
      
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