Monday, Aug. 7 -- Consumers probably added about $10.5 billion in new debt in 
      June, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International, one 
      of the McGraw-Hill Cos. That's suggested by the 0.7% jump in June retail sales. 
      Consumer borrowing has skyrocketed in 1995. In May alone, installment credit 
      surged $11.5 billion.
      Tuesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. -- Productivity in the nonfarm sector likely grew at 
      an annual rate of about 1.5% in the second quarter. Although the increase in 
      output was small, hours worked in the nonfarm sector fell by more than 1%, at 
      an annual rate. Once again, the biggest productivity boost probably came in the 
      manufacturing sector, where output per hour jumped at a 3.2% pace in the first 
      quarter. Nonfarm unit labor costs likely grew by less than 1% last quarter, 
      after advancing by a small 1.4% in the first. Factory unit labor costs may have 
      fallen, after rising 1.1%.
      Thursday, Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. -- The MMS survey forecasts that producer prices 
      of finished goods were unchanged in July, after slipping 0.1% in June. 
      Excluding food and energy, the PPI probably rose 0.2% in July, the same gain 
      posted in June.
      Friday, Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. -- Consumer prices likely edged up 0.2% in July, 
      after a puny 0.1% gain in June. Excluding food and energy, prices probably also 
      rose 0.2% in July, the same as in June. A new flurry of auto incentives offset 
      price gains elsewhere. Yearly inflation remains at about 3%.
      Friday, Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. -- Retail sales probably rose 0.5% in July after 
      increasing 0.7% in June, says the MMS report. That's suggested by the weekly 
      survey of retailers. The heat wave across the Midwest and East caused a swell 
      of demand for hot-weather-related items, such as air conditioners.
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