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A Sampling of First-Quarter Profits

                       CURRENT           QTR.         EST   RE-
                      QTR. SALES   %   PROFITS   %    EPS  PORTED
                     (MILLIONS)   CHG.(MILLIONS)CHG. (5/15) EPS    DIFF.
CORPORATE PROFITS
INDUSTRIALS           188,963.4 +3   11,080.9 +5    0.87  0.94   +0.07
ABBOTT LABORATORIES     2,900.4   +7   521.5    +11   0.68  0.68    --
ALCOA                   3,432.0   +1   207.6    +57   1.16  1.19   +0.03
BLACK & DECKER          1,182.2   -2   45.5     0     0.46  0.47   +0.01
BOISE CASCADE           1,333.0   +6   -16.2    NM    -0.49 -0.53  -0.04
CHRYSLER                14,388.0  -9   483.0    -53   1.30  1.33*  +0.03
CINCINNATI MILACRON     452.1     +10  18.2     +24   0.43  0.45   +0.02
COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES   2,905.0   +44  111.0    +88   0.25  0.29   +0.04
CONAGRA **              5,795.3   +1   186.5    NM    0.80  0.81   +0.01
CORNING                 1,031.1   +13  127.0    +35   0.44  0.56   +0.12
CPC INTERNATIONAL       2,104.5   -3   -4.1     NM    1.11  .04*   -0.07
CROWN CORK & SEAL       2,286.6   -3   132.0    +27   1.05  0.98   -0.07
CUMMINS ENGINE          1,396.0   +6   53.0     +20   1.22  1.39   +0.17
EASTMAN KODAK           3,853.0   -6   368.0    -16   1.38  1.12   -0.26
FORD MOTOR              40,265.0  +3   2,530.0  +33   1.53  2.06   +0.53
GENERAL DYNAMICS        1,032.0   +11  80.0     +19   1.19  1.28   +0.09
GENERAL ELECTRIC        21,997.0  +16  2,162.0  +13   0.65  0.66   +0.01
GENERAL MOTORS          45,146.0  +1   2,098.0  0     2.65  2.68   +0.03
GEORGIA-PACIFIC         3,326.0   0    27.0     +170  0.24  0.30   +0.06
HARLEY-DAVIDSON         444.1     +13  49.2     +23   0.63  0.65   +0.02
INLAND STEEL INDUSTRIES 1,321.2   +14  40.1     +19   0.59  0.77   +0.18
INTERNATIONAL PAPER     5,000.0   -2   -419.0   NM    0.14  0.20*  +0.06
JOHNSON & JOHNSON       5,698.0   +6   909.0    +15   0.68  0.68    --
NIKE **                 2,373.9   +28  155.8    +16   0.71  0.52   -0.19
NORTHROP GRUMMAN        2,087.0   -3   100.0    +16   1.57  1.72   +0.15
PFIZER                  2,913.0   +9   457.0    +16   0.36  0.35   -0.01
PHELPS DODGE            1,065.0   +11  134.8    +7    1.89  2.16   +0.27
REYNOLDS METALS         1,783.0   -2   55.0     -8    0.73  0.76   +0.03
TEMPLE-INLAND           907.9     +3   15.6     -56   0.23  0.28   +0.05
TEXTRON                 2,667.0   +12  145.0    +16   0.84  0.85   +0.01
TRW                     2,852.1   +11  134.4    +15   1.03  1.06   +0.03
WEYERHAEUSER            2,909.0   +1   109.0    +6    0.27  0.47*  +0.02
WHIRLPOOL               2,117.0   -7   65.0     +25   0.86  0.86   --

SERVICES               55,583.1  +16  7,133.7  -1    0.92  0.89   -0.03
AMR                     4,710.0   +4   302.0    +3    3.31  3.26   -0.05
BANKAMERICA             NA        NA   799.0    +11   1.04  1.07   +0.03
BARNETT BANKS           NA        NA   157.0    +13   0.80  0.80   --
BOISE CASCADE OFFICE    600.5     +30  11.7     -14   0.23  0.19   -0.04
 PRODUCTS
CALIBER SYSTEM          574.7     -7   13.6     NM    0.44  0.34   -0.10
CHASE MANHATTAN         NA        NA   925.0    +8    2.06  2.11*  +0.05
CITICORP                NA        NA   1,024.0  +8    2.08  2.10   +0.02
DOW JONES               640.7     +2   34.9     -33   0.35  0.36   +0.01
ENRON                   3,240.0   +9   -420.0   NM    0.49  0.40*  -0.09
FEDERAL EXPRESS **      3,068.3   +12  132.6    +15   1.06  1.14   +0.08
FIRST CHICAGO NBD       NA        NA   378.0    +5    1.19  1.20   +0.01
FOOD LION               2,324.7   +12  49.7     +2    0.11  0.11    --
GRAINGER (W. W.)        1,051.2   +18  57.6     +16   1.06  1.13   +0.07
HERTZ                   976.3     +7   53.9     +36   0.43  0.50   +0.07
KROGER                  6,231.8   +7   108.1    +38   0.40  0.41   +0.01
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL  2,878.0   +22  83.0     +11   0.61  0.61    --
MCGRAW-HILL             836.7     +18  65.2     +14   0.60  0.65   +0.05
MERRILL LYNCH           8,011.0   +29  481.0    +11   0.91  1.24   +0.33
MORGAN STANLEY,         3,517.0   +12  527.0    -7    0.84  0.50   -0.34
 DEAN WITTER
MORGAN (J. P.)          NA        NA   374.0    -15   1.94  1.85   -0.09
NATIONSBANK             NA        NA   762.0    +26   1.00  1.02   +0.02
ROADWAY EXPRESS         609.4     +14  7.8      +92   0.42  0.38   -0.04
RYERSON TULL            730.0     +20  19.1     +1    0.45  0.49   +0.04
SAFETY-KLEEN            229.9     +9   13.3     -2    0.22  0.23   +0.01
SAFEWAY                 5,249.2   +33  134.1    +26   0.54  0.54    --
SALLIE MAE              937.7     +6   119.2    +16   2.05  2.20   +0.15
TIME WARNER             3,193.0   +49  30.0     NM    -0.15 -0.09  +0.06
TRAVELERS GROUP         5,973.1   +10  662.9    +15   0.92  1.00   +0.08
WELLS FARGO             NA        NA   228.0    -37   3.81  2.49   -1.32

TECHNOLOGY             36,204.3  +13  3,504.6  +40   0.84  0.77   -0.07
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES  594.6     +31  10.0     NM    0.21  0.07   -0.14
AMGEN                   620.5     +9   200.5    +12   0.71  0.72   +0.01
APPLE COMPUTER***       1,737.0   -20  -56.0    NM    -0.55 -0.44  +0.11
COMPAQ COMPUTER         5,012.0   +25  214.0    -20   1.38  1.48*  +0.10
EATON                   1,909.0   +7   126.0    +22   1.44  1.64   +0.20
GENENTECH               233.5     -4   23.8     +10   0.24  0.19   -0.05
HONEYWELL               1,977.3   +12  98.4     +18   0.77  0.77    --
HUGHES ELECTRONICS      4,755.7   +17  541.4    +77   0.62  0.55*  -0.07
INTEL                   5,960.0   +29  1,645.0  +58   1.08  0.92   -0.16
MOTOROLA                7,521.0   +10  268.0    -18   0.58  0.44   -0.14
RAYTHEON                3,324.7   +6   209.5    0     0.89  0.89    --
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS       2,559.0   +7   224.0    +446  0.84  1.07*  +0.23
UTILITIES & TELECOM     20,028.5  +11  1,791.0  +15   0.65  0.67   +0.02
AMERITECH               3,986.0   +6   537.0    -5    1.12  1.13*  +0.01
COLUMBIA GAS SYSTEM     810.7     +39  34.9     +326  0.43  0.63   +0.20
FPL GROUP               1,587.1   +8   170.1    +9    0.90  0.95   +0.05
GTE                     5,692.0   +8   671.0    +5    0.72  0.70   -0.02
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES***  6,340.0   +18  213.0    +196  0.25  0.33   +0.08
PUBLIC SERVICE          1,320.0   -1   106.2    -18   0.53  0.39   -0.14
 ENT. GROUP
TELLABS                 292.7     +54  58.8     NM    0.28  0.32   +0.04


*** Third-quarter results   ** Fourth-quarter results   NM = not meaningful     
NA = not available      *EPS adjusted for special items

DATA: STANDARD & POOR'S COMPUSTAT, A DIVISION OF McGRAW-HILL INC. EARNINGS 
ESTIMATE DATA PROVIDED BY I/B/E/S INTERNATIONAL INC., NEW YORK, N.Y. I/B/E/S IS 
A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF I/B/E/S INTERNATIONAL INC.


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