Business Week Index

      TABLE: PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                             Latest            Week       % Change
                                               week             ago        year ago
      STEEL (5/21) thous. of net tons         1,903           1,918   ##      0.6
      AUTOS (5/21) units                    149,123           148,241 r##     4.5
      TRUCKS (5/21) units                   119,811           120,576 r##     14.8
      ELECTRIC POWER (5/21) millions of
      kilowatt-hours                         54,695           54,737  ##      2.8
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/21) thous. of
      bbl./day                               13,986           14,279  ##      1.8
      COAL (5/14) thous. of net tons         19,931   ##      19,805          9.9
      PAPERBOARD (5/14) thous. of tons        860.4   ##      847.4   r       5.3
      PAPER (5/14) thous. of tons             791.0   ##      801.0   r       5.9
      LUMBER (5/14) millions of ft.           458.7   ##      434.4           2.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (5/14) billions of
      ton-miles                                22.7   ##      22.7            6.1
      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 (5/25)          105                104             107
      GERMAN MARK (5/25)          1.65                1.66            1.60
      BRITISH POUND (5/25)        1.51                1.51            1.56
      FRENCH FRANC (5/25)         5.64                5.68            5.46
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/25)      1.38                1.38            1.27
      SWISS FRANC (5/25)          1.40                1.41            1.43
      MEXICAN PESO (5/25)3       3.295                3.325           3.120
      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 (5/25) $/troy oz.   387.300                379.600         3.4
      STEEL SCRAP (5/24) ##1
      heavy, $/ton              126.00                126.00          18.3
      FOODSTUFFS (5/24) index,
      1967=100                   217.1                218.8           5.5
      COPPER (5/21)  cents/lb.   107.8                102.6           22.9
      ALUMINUM (5/21)  cents/lb.  64.5                63.0            24.0
      WHEAT (5/21) ##2 hard,
      
      TABLE: LEADING INDICATORS
                                           Latest             Week     % Change
                                              week             ago     year ago
      
      STOCK PRICES (5/20) S&P 500           451.79            463.54          1.5
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/20)        7.89    %       8.12    %       5.5
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/20)     100.9            100.6           5.8
      BUSINESS FAILURES (5/13)                NA              NA              NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (5/11) billions      $425.7           $424.0  r       0.9
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (5/9) billions      $3,552.7           $3,546.1        r       
      2.4
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (5/7)
      thous.                                    381           352             13.1
      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
      ORDERS FOR DURABLE GOODS: MFG.
      (Apr.) billions                       $147.0            $147.0  r       13.3
      EXISTING HOME SALES (Apr.) millions     4.12            4.07    r       19.1
      BUDGET SURPLUS OR DEFICIT (-) (Apr.)
      millions                             $17,454            $32,315         115.7
      REAL GROSS WEEKLY PAY (Apr.)         $257.05            $256.70         1.3
      Sources: Commerce Dept., National Assn. of Realtors, Treasury Dept., BLS
      
      TABLE: MONETARY INDICATORS
                                      Latest          Week         % Change
                                      week             ago         year ago
      MONEY SUPPLY, M1 (5/9)       $1,141.9        $1,138.3   r       7.2
      BANKS' BUSINESS LOANS (5/11)    292.1           293.7   r       5.1
      FREE RESERVES (5/11)              623           1,343   r       9.3
      NONFINANCIAL COMMERCIAL PAPER
      (5/11)                          155.1           158.4           2.3
      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 (5/24)            4.19    %       4.27    %       3.07    %
      PRIME (5/25)                    7.25            7.25            6.00
      COMMERCIAL PAPER 3-MONTH (5/24) 4.55            4.68            3.19
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT 3-MONTH
      (5/25)                          4.49            4.50            3.16
      EURODOLLAR 3-MONTH (5/20)       4.53            4.71            3.13
      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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