The Week Ahead

INSTALLMENT CREDIT

Monday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m. EDT -- Consumers likely added $4.2 billion of debt in July. That's according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a division of The McGraw Hill Companies. In June, debt fell by $1.6 billion, the first decline since November, 1997, and the largest since April, 1992.

CURRENT-ACCOUNT DEFICIT

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. EDT -- The U.S. current-account deficit likely narrowed in the second quarter to $105 billion, from $109.6 billion in the first quarter.

EXPORT-IMPORT PRICES

Thursday, Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Import prices in August are expected to have remained unchanged, while export prices are expected to have declined 0.2%.

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX

Friday, Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Producer prices of finished goods likely rose 0.1% in August, after slipping 0.9% in July. Excluding food and energy, core prices likely rose 0.1%, as energy prices stabilized.

RETAIL SALES

Friday, Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Retail sales probably increased 0.3% in August. Excluding autos, sales probably grew at the same rate.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Friday, Sept. 14, 9:15 a.m. EDT -- Factory output likely fell 0.2% in August, and capacity utilization likely dropped to 76.6%. July output fell 0.1%, with a utilization rate of 77%.

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