INSTALLMENT DEBT
      Monday, Jan. 9             -- Consumers are expected to have added a hefty $12 
      billion to their installment debt in November, following October's increase of 
      $11.6 billion. That's the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS 
      International, a unit of McGraw-Hill Inc. Revolving credit should account for a 
      big chunk of the increase. Both MasterCard International Inc. and Visa USA Inc. 
      reported sharp increases in card activity vs. a year ago.
      PRODUCER PRICE INDEX
      Tuesday, Jan. 10, 8:30 a.m.   -- The MMS economists look for the December 
      producer price index to rise by 0.2%, after November's 0.5% jump. The core 
      index, which excludes the volatile energy and food sectors, is expected to 
      increase 0.2% as well. 
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
      Wednesday, Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m.  --  The December consumer price index is 
      expected to rise by 0.3%, says the median forecast, the same as in November. 
      The core index should post a 0.3% increase as well. Price resistance by 
      consumers is the chief reason why many producers cannot pass along their higher 
      costs. Consumer inflation will end 1994 at about 2.7%, the third consecutive 
      year that inflation has been below 3%.
      RETAIL SALES
      Friday, Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m.   -- Retail sales in December are expected to have 
      increased by 0.6%, following November's 1.2% gain. Excluding car sales, buying 
      is projected to have been up by 0.5%. If the forecasters are right, real retail 
      sales in the fourth quarter appear to have registered the strongest quarterly 
      advance in eight years, and that includes the superstrong showings in the final 
      quarters of both 1992 and 1993.
      
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