RETAIL SALES
      Tuesday, Mar. 14, 8:30 a.m.  -- Retail sales likely increased 0.2% in February, 
      according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International, a 
      unit of McGraw-Hill Inc. Sales have been slack recently, with receipts up just 
      0.2% in both December and January. Purchases of durable goods have been 
      particularly weak.
      
      PRODUCER PRICE INDEX
      Wednesday, Mar. 15, 8:30 a.m.  --  Producer prices of finished goods likely 
      rose 0.2% in February for all goods and when food and energy are excluded. 
      Prices rose 0.3% in January, and just 0.2% when food and energy are taken out.
      
      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION
      Wednesday, Mar. 15, 9:15 a.m.  --  Output rose 0.4% in February, forecasts the 
      MMS survey, the same solid gain as in January. Still, industry is downshifting. 
      Output rose by 0.8% in November and 0.9% in December. Industry likely used 
      85.6% of capacity last month, from 85.5% of January.
      
      BUSINESS INVENTORIES
      Wednesday, Mar. 15, 10 a.m.  --  Inventories held by manufacturers, 
      wholesalers, and retailers likely rose 0.5% in January. Factories have already 
      said their stock levels jumped 1%. Business sales probably rose by 0.4% in 
      January, much less than the 1.3% gain posted in December.
      
      CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
      Thursday, Mar. 16, 8:30 a.m.  --  The MMS median forecast for the February CPI 
      calls for a 0.3% rise in both the total price index and the core rate, which 
      excludes food and energy. In January, the total index inched up 0.3%, while the 
      core rate rose 0.4%.
      
      HOUSING STARTS
      Thursday, Mar. 16, 8:30 a.m.  --  Housing starts probably bounced back to an 
      annual rate of 1.38 million in February, after plunging 9.8% in January, to a 
      1.3 million pace. Single-family starts dropped 12.3% for the month. Even so, 
      high mortgage rates mean that housing will continue to trend lower as 1995 
      progresses.
      
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