Business Week Index

The production index increased in each of the two latest weeks. But before

calculation of the four-week moving average the index rose from 127.3 at the

end of July to 128.6 in the week ofAug. 2, and then fell to 127.3 in the week

ended Aug. 9. In the latest week, drops in the seasonally adjusted output of

autos, trucks, and electric power led to the index' overall weakness. For July,

the index stood at 126.1, up from June's reading of 123.

BusinessWeek Index
PRODUCTION INDICATORS
                                        LATEST      WEEK         YEARLY
                                         WEEK       AGO%          CHG
      
      STEEL (8/16) thous. of net tons   2,029      1,992#         4.2
      AUTOS (8/16) units                113,752    119,749r#     -6.1
      TRUCKS (8/16) units               119,736    109,910r#      9.0
      ELECTRIC POWER (8/16)
       millions of kilowatt-hrs.        74,381     71,838#        4.1
      CRUDE-OIL REFINING (8/16)
       thous. of bbl./day               15,068     14,684#        6.1
      COAL (8/9) thous. of net tons     21,429#    19,859         1.2
      LUMBER (8/9) millions of ft.      477.4#     503.6         -4.2
      RAIL FREIGHT (8/9)
       billions of ton-miles            26.8#      26.2           3.5
      
      Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison 
      Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA*, SFPA**, 
      Association of American Railroads
      
      LEADING INDICATORS
                                               LATEST      WEEK    YEARLY
                                                WEEK       AGO     % CHG
      
      STOCK PRICES (8/15) S&P 500             900.81      933.54     35.4
      CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (8/15)        7.26%       7.15%     -1.8
      INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (8/15)      107.9       108.3     -0.7
      BUSINESS FAILURES (8/8)                 NA          NA         NA
      REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/6) billions        NA          NA         NA
      MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/4) billions         $3,945.8    $3,937.3   4.9
      INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT (8/9)
       thous.                                 316         304       -1.9
      
      Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100), 
      Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.
      
      PRICES
                                           LATEST      WEEK       YEARLY
                                            WEEK        AGO        % CHG
      
      GOLD (8/20) 
      
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