Monday, Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- Personal income is expected to have risen 
      0.5% in August, based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS 
      International, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies, after edging up 0.1% in 
      July. Consumer spending on goods and services is projected to have continued 
      its third-quarter rebound, climbing 0.4% in August, after rising 0.8% in July.
      Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.EDT -- The MMS survey projects sales of new 
      single-family homes in August to have declined to an annual rate of 800,000, 
      from 817,000 in July.
      Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.EDT -- The MMS poll expects the Conference Board's 
      index of consumer confidence in September to hold about steady with August's 
      high reading of 129.1. The August reading was only a shade below the 29-year 
      high of 129.9, hit in June. Improving employment conditions are keeping the 
      index high.
      Wednesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.EDT -- The Conference Board's composite index of 10 
      leading indicators for August is projected to have increased for the fourth 
      consecutive month, rising 0.1%, based on the MMS survey. The index rose 0.3% in 
      Wednesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.EDT -- The National Association of Purchasing 
      Management's index for September is expected to have dipped to 56.4%, according 
      to the MMS poll, from 56.8% in August.
      Friday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.EDT -- The September job data are expected to show a 
      300,000 increase in payrolls, says the MMS poll, up from August's 49,000 rise. 
      August payrolls were depressed by the strike at United Parcel Service Inc., and 
      the September total will be inflated by the workers' return. The jobless rate 
      is expected to have held steady at the August rate of 4.9%.
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