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THE WEEK AHEAD

RETAIL SALES

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 8:30 a.m.EST -- Retail buying probably rebounded by 0.5% in

February, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International,

one of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Sales fell 0.3% in January as the blizzard

cut into purchases of durable goods. Excluding autos, February sales likely

rose 0.5% after no change in January. The weekly surveys done by Mitsubishi

Bank/Schroder Wertheim and the Johnson Redbook Service show a rise in February

retail sales.

BEIGE BOOK

Wednesday, Mar. 13 -- The Federal Reserve will release its roundup of business

activity as reported by its 12 district banks. The beige book is prepared in

advance of the Fed policy meetings. The next is scheduled for Mar. 26.

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX

Thursday, Mar. 14, 8:30 a.m.EST -- Prices of finished goods likely rose 0.2% in

February, on top of a 0.3% increase in January, says the MMS report. The

January gain reflected a 2.7% spike in energy prices. Excluding food and fuel,

the PPI fell 0.1% in January

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

Friday, Mar. 15, 8:30 a.m.EST -- The MMS median forecast expects that consumer

prices of goods and services rose by 0.2% in February, after a 0.4% jump in

January. Energy prices rose, and apparel prices surged by 0.7% in January. But

given the intense competition within the apparel industry, that large a markup

is unlikely to hold.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Friday, Mar. 15, 9:15 a.m.EST -- Output at the nation's factories, mines, and

utilities likely rebounded after the blizzard. That's suggested by BUSINESS

WEEK's weekly production index. The MMS median forecast calls for a 0.4% gain

in output last month, after output fell 0.6% in January. As a result, operating

rates likely picked up to 82.5%, from 81.9% in January.


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