Business Week Index

      TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                                       Latest       Week    % Change
                                                        week         ago     year ago
      
      STEEL (4/2) thous. of net tons                    1,898        1,879#      5.9
      AUTOS (4/2) units                               115,051     147,043r#    -13.1
      TRUCKS (4/2) units                               94,155     127,529r#    -13.9
      ELECTRIC POWER (4/2) millions of kilowatt-hours  53,607       54,419#      1.8
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (4/2) thous. of bbl./day      12,870       12,713#     -4.4
      COAL (3/26) thous. of net tons                   21,823#      22,533       9.5
      PAPERBOARD (3/26) thous. of tons                  865.0#       862.3r      4.9
      PAPER (3/26) thous. of tons                       839.0#       841.0r      5.1
      LUMBER (3/26) millions of ft.                     475.5#       496.1      -1.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (3/26) billions of ton-miles          22.2#        22.5       4.7
      
      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 (4/6)                                  105          103        113
      GERMAN MARK (4/6)                                  1.71         1.67       1.62
      BRITISH POUND (4/6)                                1.47         1.48       1.52
      FRENCH FRANC (4/6)                                 5.86         5.72       5.47
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (4/6)                              1.38         1.38       1.26
      SWISS FRANC (4/6)                                  1.45         1.42       1.49
      MEXICAN PESO (4/6)3                               3.361        3.358      3.099
      
      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 (4/6) $/troy oz.                           383.900      387.150       14.0
      STEEL SCRAP (4/5) #1 heavy, $/ton                135.00       139.50       25.6
      FOODSTUFFS (4/4) index, 1967=100                  217.3        219.5        6.4
      COPPER (4/2)  cents/lb.                            92.5         95.0       -8.5
      ALUMINUM (4/2)  cents/lb.                          63.5         63.3       20.4
      WHEAT (4/2) #2 hard, $/bu.                         3.61         3.59       -4.7
      COTTON (4/2) strict low middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.
                                                        73.17        72.24       31.9
      
      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 (4/1) S&P 500                       450.95       466.16        0.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (4/1)                   7.65%        7.49%        0.1
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (4/1)                  97.4         97.5       -1.0
      BUSINESS FAILURES (3/25)                            NA           NA          NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (3/23) billions                $417.4      $418.7r        3.0
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (3/21) billions               $3,551.1     $3,550.0        3.3
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (3/19) thous.          340          345       -2.0
      
      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
      
      EMPLOYMENT, CIVILIAN (Mar.) millions              122.0        122.3        2.0
      UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, CIVILIAN (Mar.)                 6.5%         6.5%      -12.2
      PERSONAL INCOME (Feb.) annual rate, billions   $5,600.6    $5,529.3r        3.2
      12 LEADING INDICATORS COMPOSITE (Feb.) index      100.4       100.5r        1.3
      
      Sources: BLS, Commerce Dept.
      
      TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS
                                                      Latest        Week     % Change
                                                       week          ago     year ago
      
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (3/21)                        $1,143.1     $1,141.6       10.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (3/23)                      286.0       286.7r        3.4
      FREE RESERVES (3/30)                                759       1,024r      -35.4
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER (3/23)              150.1        155.7        2.0
      
      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 (4/5)                               3.60%        3.45%      3.11%
      PRIME (4/6)                                        6.25        6.25        6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (4/5)                     4.02        3.87        3.17
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH (4/6)              3.90        3.83        3.11
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (4/1)                           3.80        3.79        3.11
      
      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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