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Business Week Index: The Week Ahead


Business Week Index: THE WEEK AHEAD

BusinessWeek Index: THE WEEK AHEAD

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. - The Conference Board's index of consumer confidence

probably fell to 101 in February from 102.1 in January. That's the median

forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International, a division of McGraw-Hill

Inc.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 8:30 a.m. - The MMS survey projects that the Commerce

Dept.'s first revisions to the fourth-quarter economy will show no change in

the annual rate of growth for real GDP, already reported as 4.5%. However, the

mix will change: A smaller trade gap likely offset slower inventory

accumulation at yearend.

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 a.m. - Outlays for building projects likely fell 0.2% in

January, after a steep 1.1% jump in December.

NAPM SURVEY

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 10 a.m. - The National Association of Purchasing

Management's index probably slipped slightly in February to 57% from 57.9% in

January.

PERSONAL INCOME

Thursday, Mar. 2, 8:30 a.m. - Personal income probably increased 0.8% in

January, the same solid advance posted in December. Consumer spending likely

rose 0.3%, also the same gain as in December. That means the softer pace for

buying evident at yearend carried into 1995.

NEW HOME SALES

Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 a.m. - Homes probably sold at an annual rate of 624,000 in

January, down from 637,000 in December.

LEADING INDICATORS

Friday, Mar. 3, 8:30 a.m. - The government's composite index of leading

indicators likely fell 0.1% in January.

FACTORY INVENTORIES

Friday, Mar. 3, 10 a.m. - Factory inventories likely rose by 0.3% in January,

the same increase as in December.


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