Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                         Latest      Week    % Change
                                          week        ago    year ago
      
      STEEL (5/8) thous. of net tons      1,805    1,824  #  -0.2
      AUTOS (5/8) units                 133,115    138,748  r#  -1.6
      TRUCKS (5/8) units                107,093    102,661  r#  22.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (5/8) millions of 
      kilowatt-hours                     52,436    51,728  #  1.2
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/8) thous. 
      of bbl./day                        13,685    13,647  #  4.0
      COAL (5/1) thous. of net tons      18,291  #  18,732    -0.1
      PAPERBOARD (5/1) thous. of tons     800.5  #  785.6  r  -0.8
      PAPER (5/1) thous. of tons          785.0  #  788.0  r  -0.4
      LUMBER (5/1) millions of ft.        466.9  #  463.6    -7.1
      RAIL FREIGHT (5/1) billions of 
      ton-miles                            21.5  #  21.3    4.9
      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 (5/12)           112    110     131
      GERMAN MARK (5/12)           1.61    1.58    1.62
      BRITISH POUND (5/12)         1.54    1.57    1.82
      FRENCH FRANC (5/12)          5.43    5.32    5.44
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/12)       1.27    1.28    1.21
      SWISS FRANC (5/12)           1.46    1.42    1.49
      MEXICAN PESO (5/12)3        3.113    3.095    3.087
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound expressed in dollars
      prices
      
      PRICES
                                         Latest      Week    % Change
                                          week        ago    year ago
      
      GOLD (5/12) $/troy oz.               356.200   354.250    6.3
      STEEL SCRAP (5/11) #1 heavy, $/ton   106.50    106.50    15.8
      FOODSTUFFS (5/11) index, 1967=100     205.4    205.0      1.5
      COPPER (5/8)  /lb.                     89.0    89.3     -14.5
      ALUMINUM (5/8)  /lb.                   52.3    52.0     -13.0
      WHEAT (5/8) #2 hard, $/bu.             3.32    3.37     -17.4
      COTTON (5/8) strict low middling 1-1/16 
      in.,  /lb.                             57.30    56.03    2.8
      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 (5/7) S&P 500          443.32    437.73     6.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/7)      7.37  %  7.40  %   -11.7
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/7)    96.6      97.2     -1.1
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/30)              431      403  r    2.1
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/28) billions  $395.9     $394.4  r -2.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/26) billions   $3,436.2   $3,434.8  r -0.2
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (4/24) 
      thous.                                346       356      -16.4
      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  Week  % Change
                                             week   ago   year ago
      
      BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Apr.)   185.0    185.1    3.6
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Apr.)      220.3    220.1  r  3.8
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Apr.) millions    118.4    118.6    0.8
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Apr.)       7.0  %  7.0  %  -4.1
      Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS 
      
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                          Latest     Month     % Change
                                            month     ago      year ago
      
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (4/26)             $1,040.0    $1,038.6  r  10.5
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (4/28)           275.8    275.2  r  -  4.6
      FREE RESERVES (4/28)                   1,326    817  r      20.8
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (4/28)   156.9    157.6        7.6
      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 (5/11)                    2.98  %  2.94  %  3.84  %
      PRIME (5/12)                            6.00    6.00    6.50  
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (5/11)         3.09    3.12    3.85  
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (5/11)  3.06    3.08    3.77  
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (5/8)                3.06    3.06    3.85  
      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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