Business Week Index

      Production Indicators
                                                      Latest   Week  % Change
                                                       week     ago  year ago
      STEEL (3/6) thous. of net tons                   1,772    1,866 #  -0.8
      AUTOS (3/6) units                              118,623  131,342 r#  0.1
      TRUCKS (3/6) units                              99,760   93,343 r# 33.6
      ELECTRIC POWER (3/6) millions of kilowatt-hours 58,334   60,999 #  11.2
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/6) thous. of bbl./day     12,861   12,861 #   4.8
      COAL (2/27) thous. of net tons                  18,570 # 17,870    -3.0
      PAPERBOARD (2/27) thous. of tons                 836.0 #  829.5 r   0.3
      PAPER (2/27) thous. of tons                      792.0 #  785.0 r   4.9
      LUMBER (2/27) millions of ft.                    497.4 #  465.2    -4.2
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/27) billions of ton-miles         20.6 #   19.9    -1.9
      
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Paper 
      Institute, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      
      Foreign Exchange 
                                 Latest  Week  Year
                                   week   ago   ago
      JAPANESE YEN (3/10)          118    117   133
      GERMAN MARK (3/10)          1.67   1.64  1.67
      BRITISH POUND (3/10)        1.43   1.45  1.71
      FRENCH FRANC (3/10)         5.65   5.57  5.66
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/10)      1.25   1.25  1.20
      SWISS FRANC (3/10)          1.54   1.52  1.51
      MEXICAN PESO (3/10) superscript 3
                                 3.099  3.074  3.084
      
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      Prices
                                                           Latest    Week  % Change
                                                             week     ago   year ago
      GOLD (3/10) $/troy oz.                                326.100  329.550    -6.6
      STEEL SCRAP (3/9) #1 heavy, $/ton                     108.50   110.00     20.6
      FOODSTUFFS (3/8) index, 1967=100                      200.1    201.1      -2.6
      COPPER (3/6)  /lb.                                     99.0    103.0      -7.4
      ALUMINUM (3/6)  /lb.                                   54.5     56.0      -9.6
      WHEAT (3/6) #2 hard, $/bu                               3.68     3.68    -13.0
      COTTON (3/6) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  /lb.     56.17    56.52      9.2
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research 
      Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      Leading indicators
                                                  Latest   Week  % Change
                                                  week     ago   year ago
      STOCK PRICES (3/5) S&P 500                 446.52    439.33    9.1
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/5)              7.56 %    7.61 % -9.1
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/5)          100.0     100.5     4.4
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/26)                   370       401     -18.7
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/24) billions         $397.5    $398.4    17.6
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/22) billions        $3,439.6  $3,438.4    -0.7
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/20) thous. 351       325     -19.7
      
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun 
      & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve Board, Labor Dept. 
      CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      Monthly Economic Indicators
                                             Latest   Month   % Change
                                              month    ago    year ago
      BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Feb.)   183.0    183.1 r   2.8
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Feb.)      220.7    220.8 r   4.8
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Feb.) millions    118.5    118.1     1.3
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Feb.)        7.0 %    7.1 %  -4.1
      Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS 
      
      Monetary Indicators
                                           Latest     Week   % Change
                                             week      ago    year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/22)              $1,034.3  $1,031.1    10.7
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/24)            276.5     278.2 r  -5.0
      FREE RESERVES (3/3)                     692     1,459 r   -21.5
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/24)    146.5     146.2     8.0
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board (in billions, except for free reserves, which 
      are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      Money market rates
                                            Latest   Week     Year
                                              week    ago     ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (3/9)                     2.98 %   3.19 % 3.95 %
      PRIME (3/10)                            6.00     6.00   6.50 
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/9)          3.18     3.15   4.29 
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/10)  3.11     3.11   4.24 
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (3/5)                3.08     3.08   4.20 
      Sources: Federal Reserve Board, First Boston
      #Raw data in the production indicators are seasonally adjusted in computing the 
      BW index (chart); other components (estimated and not listed) include machinery 
      and defense equipment. 
      1 = Western Wood Products Assn.      2 = Southern Forest Products Assn.      3 
      = Free market value      NA = Not available      r = revised      NM = Not 
      meaningful
      
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