Business Week Index

TABLE: 
      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                            Latest       Week      % Change
                                              week       ago       year ago
      STEEL (3/5) thous. of net tons         1,872      1,910   #      5.6
      AUTOS (3/5) units                    147,135      151,150   r#   20.9
      TRUCKS (3/5) units                   117,750      121,149   r#   17.5
      ELECTRIC POWER (3/5) millions of
      kilowatt-hours                        59,312      57,956   #     1.7
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/5) thous. of
      bbl./day                              12,780      12,990   #    -0.6
      COAL (2/26) thous. of net tons        21,743  #   20,783        17.1
      PAPERBOARD (2/26) thous. of tons        NA    #    849.2          NA
      PAPER (2/26) thous. of tons             NA   #     830.0          NA
      LUMBER (2/26) millions of ft.          493.5   #   487.5        -0.8
      
      RAIL FREIGHT (2/26) billions of
      ton-miles                               21.6   #   21.5         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
      
      
TABLE: 
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                            Latest     Week     Year
                              week     ago      ago
      JAPANESE YEN (3/9)      106      104       118
      GERMAN MARK (3/9)      1.71      1.70      1.66
      BRITISH POUND (3/9)    1.49      1.50      1.43
      FRENCH FRANC (3/9)     5.81      5.79      5.66
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/9)  1.35      1.36      1.24
      SWISS FRANC (3/9)      1.43      1.43      1.53
      MEXICAN PESO (3/9)3   3.245      3.220      3.119
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      
TABLE: 
      PRICES
                                           Latest       Week    % Change
                                            week        ago     year ago
      GOLD (3/9) $/troy oz.              375.300      376.950      15.1
      STEEL SCRAP (3/8) #1 heavy, $/ton   139.50       139.50      28.6
      FOODSTUFFS (3/7) index, 1967=100     221.8        221.8      10.8
      COPPER (3/5) cents/lb.                91.2         90.7      -8.3
      ALUMINUM (3/5) cents /lb.             61.5         62.0      13.9
      WHEAT (3/5) #2 hard, $/bu.            3.71         3.76      0.8
      COTTON (3/5) strict low middling
      1-1/16 in., cents /lb.               73.15        74.19      30.2
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      
TABLE: 
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                          Latest      Week      % Change
                                           week        ago      year ago
      STOCK PRICES (3/4) S&P 500         464.83      468.70      4.1
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/4)      7.36   %    7.23   % -2.6
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/4)    96.8        96.6     -3.2
      BUSINESS FAILURES (2/25)               NA         324      NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (2/23) billions  $414.3      $418.4   r  2.1
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (2/21) billions $3,529.7    $3,539.0   r  2.5
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (2/19)
      thous.                                375         360      6.8
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1980=100), Dun & Bradstreet (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans
      
      
TABLE: 
      MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS
                                               Latest     Month    % Change
                                               month      ago      year ago
      BUSINESS WEEK PRODUCTION INDEX (Feb.)    191.0      192.0   r   2.2
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX (Feb.)       232.7      233.9   r   8.2
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Feb.) millions     122.3      122.0       2.3
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Feb.)         6.5 %      6.7 %    -13.3
      Sources: BW, CIBCR, BLS
      
      
TABLE: 
      MONETARY INDICATORS
                                            Latest     Week       % Change
                                             week      ago        year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (2/21)             $1,139.0   $1,139.2   r   10.1
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (2/23)           281.0      282.9       130.5
      FREE RESERVES (3/2)                    1,150      1,041   r   123.3
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (2/23)   151.7      155.3         3.5
      Sources: Federal Reserve (in billions, except for free reserves, which are expressed for a two-week period in millions)
      
      
TABLE: 
      MONEY MARKET RATES
                                            Latest   Week    Year
                                             week    ago     ago
      FEDERAL FUNDS (3/8)                   3.24%   3.31%   3.02%
      PRIME (3/9)                           6.00    6.00    6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/8)        3.84    3.74    3.18
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/8) 3.76    3.63    3.12
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (3/4)              3.68    3.55    3.08
      Sources: Federal Reserve, 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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