The Week Ahead

FEDERAL BUDGET Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.

The federal government will end fiscal 1991 with a $13 billion deficit in September, say economists surveyed by MMS International, a unit of McGraw-Hill Inc. If so, Washington will post a 1991 deficit of $272 billion -- shattering the previous record of $221 billion set in 1986. The recession, thrift bailout, and Persian Gulf war combined to cause the deterioration. In September, 1990, the government had a $20.8 billion surplus.

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