The Week Ahead

RETAIL SALES

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 8:30 a.m. EST -- December retail sales probably rose 0.4%, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International. Excluding autos, sales likely grew 0.2%.

BUSINESS INVENTORIES

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. EST -- November inventories are expected to have increased by 0.1%.

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. EST -- December producer prices likely rose 0.2%. Minus food and energy, core prices probably held steady.

BEIGE BOOK

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m. EST -- The Federal Reserve will publish its roundup of regional economic activity ahead of the Jan. 28-29 policy meeting.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

Thursday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Consumer prices for goods and services most likely rose 0.3% in December. Excluding food and energy, core inflation probably increased 0.2%.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Friday, Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. EST -- The November foreign trade deficit very likely grew to $37 billion.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:15 a.m. EST -- Factory output probably improved by 0.2% in December.

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