Business Week Index

TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                                             % Change
                                                           Latest       Week     year
                                                            week        ago       ago
      STEEL (3/26) thous. of net tons                      1,879       1,854#     4.0
      AUTOS (3/26) units                                 141,842     134,416r#    2.0
      TRUCKS (3/26) units                                123,881     114,208r#   17.2
      ELECTRIC POWER (3/26) millions of kilowatt-hour     54,419      55,782#     0.6
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (3/26) thous. of bbl./day        12,713      12,828#    -3.6
      COAL (3/19) thous. of net tons                      22,533#     20,929     38.2
      PAPERBOARD (3/19) thous. of tons                     839.4#      852.4r     5.2
      PAPER (3/19) thous. of tons                          836.0#      836.0r     4.9
      LUMBER (3/19) millions of ft.                        496.1#      499.1      1.0
      RAIL FREIGHT (3/19) billions of ton-miles             22.5#       21.6     16.0
      
      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 (3/30)                                    103         106      114
      GERMAN MARK (3/30)                                    1.67        1.69     1.59
      BRITISH POUND (3/30)                                  1.48        1.49     1.54
      FRENCH FRANC (3/30)                                   5.72        5.77     5.39
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (3/30)                                1.38        1.36     1.26
      SWISS FRANC (3/30)                                    1.42        1.43     1.47
      MEXICAN PESO (3/30)3                                 3.358       3.335    3.093
      
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, except for British pound expressed in dollars
      
      
TABLE: PRICES
                                                                             % Change
                                                         Latest       Week       year
                                                           week        ago        ago
      GOLD (3/30) $/troy oz.                             387.150     388.200     14.6
      STEEL SCRAP (3/29) #1 heavy, $/ton                  139.50      139.50     28.6
      FOODSTUFFS (3/28) index, 1967=100                    219.5       221.1      7.9
      COPPER (3/26) c/lb.                                   95.0        96.0     -6.4
      ALUMINUM (3/26) c/lb.                                 63.3        62.0     17.7
      WHEAT (3/26) #2 hard, $/bu.                           3.59        3.64     -5.8
      COTTON (3/26) strict low middling 1-1/16 in., c/lb.  72.24       72.28     29.7
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Commodity Research Bureau, Metals Week, Kansas City market, Memphis market
      
      
TABLE: LEADING INDICATORS
                                                                             % Change
                                                          Latest      Week       year
                                                           week        ago        ago
      STOCK PRICES (3/25) S&P 500                         466.16      469.16      3.9
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (3/25)                     7.49%       7.46%     -1.3
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (3/25)                    97.5        97.4     -2.5
      BUSINESS FAILURES (3/18)                                NA          NA       NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/16) billions                   $418.0     $416.6r      2.8
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/14) billions                  $3,550.0   $3,542.9r      3.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (3/12) thous.             345         350     -2.5
      
      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
                                                                             % Change
                                                          Latest      Month      year
                                                           month       ago        ago
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG. (Feb.) billions      $145.0     $148.8r      7.8
      NEW HOME SALES (Feb.) annual rate. thous.              649         637      8.3
      MANUFACTURERS' INVENTORIES (Feb.) billions          $380.0      $378.9      0.2
      MANUFACTURING SHIPMENTS (Feb.) billions             $271.2      $268.3      5.6
      
      Sources: Commerce Dept.
      
      
TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS
                                                                             % Change
                                                         Latest      Week       year
                                                          week        ago        ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (3/14)                           $1,141.6   $1,140.4r     10.6
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (3/16)                         286.4      283.4r      2.5
      FREE RESERVES (3/16)                                1,055r      1,109r    -11.9
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/16)                 155.7      150.9r      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 (3/29)                                 3.45%       3.44%    3.18%
      PRIME (3/30)                                          6.25        6.00     6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (3/29)                       3.87        3.92     3.19
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (3/30)                3.83        3.78     3.12
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (3/25)                             3.79        3.75     3.13
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, First Boston
      
      

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