Business Week Index

PRODUCTION INDICATORS
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK       YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO        % CHG
      STEEL (5/6) thous. of net tons          1,953           1,995#        1.3
      AUTOS (5/6) units                       134,705         146,204r#    -7.2
      TRUCKS (5/6) units                      117,639         120,635r#    -3.7
      ELECTRIC POWER (5/6)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.              55,054          54,241#       2.5
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (5/6)
       thous. of bbl./day                     13,972          14,125#      -2.2
      COAL (4/29) thous. of net tons          20,135#         19,478        1.0
      PAPERBOARD (4/29) thous. of tons        909.6#          928.1r        4.5
      PAPER (4/29) thous. of tons             856.0#          856.0r        7.8
      LUMBER (4/29) millions of ft.           436.8#          418.5        -2.0
      RAIL FREIGHT (4/29)
       billions of ton-miles                  24.4#           23.7          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
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK       YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO        % CHG
      STOCK PRICES (5/5) S&P 500              518.05          513.18       14.8
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (5/5)         7.91%           8.00%        -0.8
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (5/5)       115.1           115.1        NA      *
      BUSINESS FAILURES (4/28)                NA              NA           NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (4/26) billions       $475.3          $474.3r      11.8
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (4/24) billions        $3,612.0        $3,601.7r    1.8
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT
       (4/22) thous.                          351             341          5.4
      
      Sources: Center for International Business Cycle Research (CIBCR), Standard & 
      Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), Dun & Bradstreet 
      (failures of large companies), Federal Reserve, Labor Dept. CIBCR seasonally 
      adjusts data on business failures and real estate loans. *Historical data 
      available from CIBCR.
      
      PRICES
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK       YEARLY
                                              WEEK            AGO        % CHG
      GOLD (5/10) $/troy oz.                  383.200         388.700     1.4
      STEEL SCRAP (5/9) #1 heavy, $/ton       142.50          137.50      10.9
      COPPER (5/6)  cents/lb.                 129.0           132.5       32.9
      ALUMINUM (5/6)  cents/lb.               86.5            89.4        37.3
      COTTON (5/6) strict low
       middling 1-1/16 in.,  cents/lb.        105.56          107.65      31.6
      OIL (5/9) $/bbl.                        19.64           20.13       10.0
      
      Sources: London Wednesday final setting, Chicago market, Metals Week, Memphis 
      market, NYMEX
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK       YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO        AGO
      FEDERAL FUNDS (5/9)                     5.95%           6.01%      3.70%
      COMMERCIAL PAPER (5/9) 3-month          6.04            6.12       4.73
      CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT (5/10) 3-month  5.97            6.07       4.68
      FIXED MORTGAGE (5/5) 30-year            8.45            8.46       8.68
      ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE (5/5) one-year      6.24            6.24       5.30
      PRIME (5/10)                            9.00            9.00       6.75
      
      Sources: Federal Reserve, HSH Associates, Reuters Holdings PLC
      
      FOREIGN EXCHANGE
      
                                              LATEST          WEEK        YEAR
                                              WEEK            AGO         AGO
      JAPANESE YEN (5/10)                     83.45           83.25       104.68
      GERMAN MARK (5/10)                      1.39            1.37        1.67
      BRITISH POUND (5/10)                    1.59            1.62        1.50
      FRENCH FRANC (5/10)                     4.87            4.90        5.74
      ITALIAN LIRA (5/10)                     1622.3          1664.5      1608.5
      CANADIAN DOLLAR (5/10)                  1.36            1.36        1.38
      MEXICAN PESO (5/10)3                    5.875           5.840       3.320
      
      Sources: Major New York banks. Currencies expressed in units per U.S. dollar, 
      except for British pound in dollars
      
      #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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