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THE WEEK AHEAD

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m. -- Producer prices of finished goods likely rose

0.2% in November, after slipping 0.1% in October. That's the median forecast of

economists surveyed by MMS International, one of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Excluding food and energy, core producer prices in November probably rose 0.2%,

after showing no change in October.

RETAIL SALES

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. -- Retail sales probably rose 0.4% in November,

helped in part by healthy sales of motor vehicles and early holiday shopping.

Retail sales fell 0.2% in October, but the volatile retail data are often

revised in subsequent reports. Excluding cars, retail buying probably rose

0.4%, after falling 0.5% in October.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

Thursday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. -- The MMS median forecast projects that consumer

prices climbed by 0.2% in November, following a modest 0.3% gain in October.

Excluding food and energy prices, the core CPI probably also rose 0.2% last

month, from an increase of 0.3% in October.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Thursday, Dec. 14, 9:15 a.m. -- Output at factories, mines, and utilities was

likely unchanged in November, after falling 0.4% in October. That's suggested

by the decline in output already reported by the National Association of

Purchasing Management. Capacity use likely was unchanged from October's level

of 83.2%.

BUSINESS INVENTORIES

Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. -- Inventories held by manufacturers, wholesalers,

and retailers probably rose 0.3% in October, the same increase posted in

September. The expected rise would be a sign that the inventory correction is

taking longer than initially expected. Business sales were probably little

changed in October, after rising 0.4%. That's suggested by weak retail sales

for the month.


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