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An Early Look at First-Quarter Profits

                     Current qtr. sales    Qtr.    profits
                     (Millions)  % chg. (Millions)   % chg.

INDUSTRIALS            206,963.1      +7    14,178.7      +27
ABBOTT LABORATORIES      2,999.8     +12       534.8      +11
ALCOA                    3,223.1      +2       159.1      -11
BOISE CASCADE            1,273.6      +4       -15.2       NM
CATERPILLAR              4,262.0     +11       394.0      +33
CHRYSLER                15,566.0      +7     1,029.0       +2
COCA-COLA                4,138.0      -2       987.0      +38
COCA-COLA ENT.           2,141.0     +34       -33.0       NM
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE        2,147.1      +5       169.6      +18
CONAGRA **************   5,635.0      -2       145.1      +13
CORNING                    945.4     +13        92.0      +47
CPC INTERNATIONAL        2,149.5      +2       117.5       +9
DOLE FOOD                  965.0     +18        42.0      +40
EASTMAN KODAK            3,133.0      -8       149.0      -46
FORD MOTOR              36,202.0      +3     1,469.0     +125
GENERAL ELECTRIC        20,157.0     +18     1,677.0      +11
GENERAL MOTORS          42,260.0      +8     1,796.0     +125
GEORGIA-PACIFIC          3,145.0      +3        90.0      +80
GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER   3,230.0       0       170.4      +12
INLAND STEEL INDUSTRIES  1,207.3      +2        31.2      +82
INTERNATIONAL PAPER      4,900.0      +2        34.0      -65
JOHNSON & JOHNSON        5,715.0      +7       909.0      +15
MERCK                    5,567.9     +23     1,020.3      +18
NIKE **************      2,423.6     +53       237.1      +77
NORTHROP GRUMMAN         1,964.0     +23        75.0      +23
OWENS CORNING              875.0      +3        42.0       +8
PFIZER                   3,002.0     +12       602.0      +16
PHELPS DODGE             1,021.7      +2       137.5      -10
PHILIP MORRIS           18,217.0      +4     1,773.0      +13
REYNOLDS METALS          1,615.0      -3        43.0     +153
RUBBERMAID                 601.7     +13        34.0      -18
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS         1,069.8     +25        23.1      +18
TEXTRON                  2,551.0     +15       125.0      +15
TRW                      2,659.6       0       119.2       +2
SERVICES                42,996.4     +21     6,657.5      +33
AMR                      4,426.0      +3       152.0       -3
BANKAMERICA                   NA      NA       780.0       +8
CHASE MANHATTAN               NA      NA       927.0       NM
CITICORP                      NA      NA       995.0       +9
DOW JONES                  606.0      +4        25.4      -33
ENRON                    5,300.0     +74       222.0       +4
FEDERAL
 EXPRESS **************  2,906.8     +15        63.0     +132
FIRST CHICAGO NBD             NA      NA       380.0      +12
GANNETT                  1,076.8      +5       135.1      +56
McGRAW-HILL                652.9     +12        15.0       -7
MERRILL LYNCH            7,451.0     +24       465.0      +13
MORGAN STANLEY GROUP     4,076.0     +23       316.0      +16
MORGAN (J. P.)                NA      NA       424.0       -3
NATIONSBANK                   NA      NA       709.0      +38
ROADWAY EXPRESS            590.7     +14         5.5     +111
SAFEWAY                  4,077.8      +5       122.5      +27
SALOMON                  2,184.0     -13       173.0      -44
SERVICE MERCHANDISE        686.4      -4      -107.2       NM
SUNTRUST BANKS                NA      NA       161.1       +7
TIME WARNER              3,034.0     +47        52.0       NM
TRAVELERS GROUP          5,928.0     +31       642.1      +23
TECHNOLOGY              32,206.6      +7     2,776.0      +69
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES     552.0      +1        13.0      -49
APPLE COMPUTER *******   1,601.0     -27      -708.0       NM
BAY
 NETWORKS **************   512.9      -2         0.3      -99
COMPAQ COMPUTER          4,805.0     +14       387.0      +65
GENENTECH                  240.9      +6        31.6      -17
HUGHES ELECTRONICS       4,128.2     +14       235.2      -25
INTEL                    6,448.0     +39     1,983.0     +122
MOTOROLA                 6,642.0      -5       325.0      -15
RAYTHEON                 2,899.0      +5       183.4       -2
SUN MICRO-
 SYSTEMS **************  2,114.6     +15       223.5      +56
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS        2,263.0     -15       102.0      -23
UTILITIES & TELECOM     14,891.4      +9     1,729.7       +6
AMERITECH                3,859.0      +8       536.0      +12
COLUMBIA GAS SYSTEM      1,527.7     +27       162.7       +8
GTE                      5,281.0      +7       665.0       +8
OHIO EDISON                604.8      -1        76.0       +4
SPRINT                   3,618.9      +7       290.0       -7


                         EST.EPS   REPORTED
                         (2/13)     EPS        DIFF
INDUSTRIALS              0.81       0.86       +0.05
ABBOTT LABORATORIES      0.68       0.69       +0.01
ALCOA                    0.99       0.92       -0.07
BOISE CASCADE           -0.36      -0.51       -0.15
CATERPILLAR              1.70       2.08       +0.38
CHRYSLER                 1.48       1.45       -0.03
COCA-COLA                0.34       0.40       +0.06
COCA-COLA ENT.          -0.14      -0.27       -0.13
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE        1.11       1.12       +0.01
CONAGRA **************   0.63       0.63        --
CORNING                  0.31       0.40       +0.09
CPC INTERNATIONAL        0.87       0.79       -0.08
DOLE FOOD                0.71       0.70       -0.01
EASTMAN KODAK            0.91       0.82*      -0.09
FORD MOTOR               0.90       1.20       +0.30
GENERAL ELECTRIC         1.02       1.02        --
GENERAL MOTORS           2.06       2.30       +0.24
GEORGIA-PACIFIC          0.34       0.99       +0.65
GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER   1.13       1.09       -0.04
INLAND STEEL INDUSTRIE   0.45       0.59       +0.14
INTERNATIONAL PAPER      0.30       0.11       -0.19
JOHNSON & JOHNSON        0.68       0.68        --
MERCK                    0.83       0.84       +0.01
NIKE **************      0.71       0.80       +0.09
NORTHROP GRUMMAN         1.27       1.30       +0.03
OWENS CORNING            0.75       0.76       +0.01
PFIZER                   0.93       0.93        --
PHELPS DODGE             1.79       2.12       +0.33
PHILIP MORRIS            0.74       0.73       -0.01
REYNOLDS METALS          0.19       0.27*      +0.08
RUBBERMAID               0.23       0.23        --
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS         0.13       0.13        --
TEXTRON                  1.46       1.47       +0.01
TRW                      0.92       0.92        --
SERVICES                 1.09       1.21       +0.12
AMR                      2.00       1.65       -0.35
BANKAMERICA              1.96       2.05       +0.09
CHASE MANHATTAN          1.98       2.01       +0.03
CITICORP                 1.98       2.01       +0.03
DOW JONES                0.27       0.27        --
ENRON                    0.95       0.88       -0.07
FEDERAL
 EXPRESS *************   0.52       0.54       +0.02
FIRST CHICAGO NBD        1.14       1.17       +0.03
GANNETT                  0.86       0.96       +0.10
McGRAW-HILL              0.18       0.15       -0.03
MERRILL LYNCH            1.86       2.34       +0.48
MORGAN STANLEY GROUP     1.37       1.80       +0.43
MORGAN (J. P.)           1.92       2.04       +0.12
NATIONSBANK              0.94       1.07       +0.13
ROADWAY EXPRESS          0.30       0.27       -0.03
SAFEWAY                  0.49       0.51       +0.02
SALOMON                  1.41       1.37       -0.04
SERVICE MERCHANDISE     -0.22      -0.26*      -0.04
SUNTRUST BANKS           0.73       0.74       +0.01
TIME WARNER             -0.22      -0.05       +0.17
TRAVELERS GROUP          0.90       0.96       +0.06
TECHNOLOGY               0.88       0.91       +0.03
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES  -0.02       0.09       +0.11
APPLE COMPUTER *******  -0.70      -1.48*      -0.78
BAY
 NETWORKS ************   0.12       0.00       -0.12
COMPAQ COMPUTER          1.30       1.36       +0.06
GENENTECH                0.17       0.25       +0.08
HUGHES ELECTRONICS       0.62       0.59       -0.03
INTEL                    2.05       2.20       +0.15
MOTOROLA                 0.48       0.53       +0.05
RAYTHEON                 0.79       0.78       -0.01
SUN MICRO-
 SYSTEMS *************   0.47       0.58       +0.11
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS        0.57       0.52       -0.05
UTILITIES & TELECOM      0.79       0.81       +0.02
AMERITECH                0.96       0.97       +0.01
COLUMBIA GAS SYSTEM      2.93       2.94       +0.01
GTE                      0.70       0.69       -0.01
OHIO EDISON              0.49       0.51       +0.02
SPRINT                   0.62       0.67       +0.05

******* Second-quarter results  ************** Third-quarter results    NM = 
not meaningful     NA = not available      *EPS adjusted for special items
DATA: STANDARD & POOR'S COMPUSTAT, A DIVISION OF THE McGRAW-HILL COMPANIES 
EARNINGS ESTIMATE DATA PROVIDED BY I/B/E/S
INTERNATIONAL INC., NEW YORK, NY. I/B/E/S IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF I/B/E/S 
INTERNATIONAL INC.


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