Business Week Index

      PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                      LATEST           WEEK    YEARLY
                                       WEEK             AGO      % CHG
      STEEL (10/15) thous. of net
      tons                            1,908           1,929   #     1.8
      AUTOS (10/15) units           132,329         134,318 r#      2.2
      TRUCKS (10/15) units          112,122         116,239 r#      0.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (10/15)
      millions of kilowatt-hrs.      54,830          57,232  #      0.8
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (10/15)
      thous. of bbl./day              13,605          13,762  #    -2.3
      COAL (10/8) thous. of net tons  18,651  #       20,514       -0.8
      PAPERBOARD (10/8) thous.
      of tons                         846.7   #       898.0   r     3.9
      PAPER (10/8) thous. of tons     811.0   #       833.0   r    -1.0
      LUMBER (10/8) millions of ft.   481.3   #       496.8         0.4
      RAIL FREIGHT (10/8)
      billions of ton-miles            24.5    #       24.9         4.7
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., American Forest 
      & Paper Association, WWPA1, SFPA2, Association of American Railroads
      BW production index copyright 1994 Bloomberg L.P.
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                               LATEST          WEEK       YEARLY
                                                WEEK           AGO          % CHG
      
      BUSINESS WEEK LEADING INDEX* (10/8)     246.40          246.20  r         8.2
      STOCK PRICES (10/14) S&P 500            465.43          456.98            0.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (10/14)         8.50    %       8.57    %      28.4
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (10/14)      107.3           108.2           13.8
      BUSINESS FAILURES (10/7)                   296             293          -14.2
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (10/5) billions       $443.3          $440.2  r         6.4
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (10/3) billions      $3,559.6        $3,562.3    r       1.6
      INITIAL CLAIMS,
      UNEMPLOYMENT (10/1) thous.                 319             310           -0.6
      Sources: Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR), 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. *Copyright 1994 by 
      CIBCR.
      
      PRICE
                                       LATEST           WEEK           YEAR
                                        WEEK             AGO            AGO
      
      GOLD (10/19) $/troy oz.         391.100         387.900           5.0
      STEEL SCRAP (10/18) #1 heavy,
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
                              LATEST           WEEK           YEAR
                               WEEK             AGO            AGO
      
      JAPANESE YEN (10/19)    97.15           99.95           108.37
      GERMAN MARK (10/19)      1.50            1.54            1.67
      BRITISH POUND (10/19)    1.62            1.58            1.48
      FRENCH FRANC (10/19)     5.15            5.28            5.84
      ITALIAN LIRA (10/19)   1532.0          1568.0          1609.0
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (10/19)  1.36            1.35            1.31
      MEXICAN PESO (10/19)3   3.420           3.419           3.108
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound in dollars
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                          LATEST          WEEK            YEAR
                                           WEEK           AGO              AGO
      
      FEDERAL FUNDS (10/18)                4.71    %       4.71    %       2.97    %
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (10/18) 3-month     5.44            5.53            3.24
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (10/19)
      3-month                               5.45            5.52            3.23
      FIXED MORTGAGE (10/14) 30 year        9.08            9.03            6.83
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (10/14) one year  5.98            5.80            4.15
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates
      
      #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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