Vital Signs for the Week of Sept. 12

On tap: August consumer and producer price indexes, industrial production figures, initial September consumer sentiment, and more

The value of many of the economic reports covering conditions prior to September -- and thus before the effects of Hurricane Katrina -- will be discounted by the markets. This is especially true for data on economic output and activity. As a result, economists and Wall Street will focus more on the coming week's inflation reports, especially since energy prices had risen sharply even before Katrina hit.

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