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PRODUCTION INDEXThe production index slipped again in the week ended Aug. 30. Beforecalculation of the four-week moving average the index dropped to 124.6, from125.9 in the previous week. The seasonally adjusted output of autos, trucks,electric power and coal all helped to drag the index down. For the month ofAugust, rail-freight traffic was sluggish due to the United Parcel Servicestrike and was partly responsible for the month's decline to 125.9 from 126.1in July.BW production index copyright 1997 Bloomberg L.P.PRODUCTION INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STEEL (9/6) thous. of net tons 2,170 2,171# 9.9

AUTOS (9/6) units 96,017 117,649r# -9.7

TRUCKS (9/6) units 100,020 121,270r# 1.5

ELECTRIC POWER (9/6) millions of kilowatt-hrs. 69,145 71,138# 1.0

CRUDE-OIL REFINING (9/6) thous. of bbl./day 15,329 15,410# 6.3

COAL (8/30) thous. of net tons 20,882# 21,272 -1.3

LUMBER (8/30) millions of ft. 496.6# 483.2 -2.1

RAIL FREIGHT (8/30) billions of ton-miles 27.3# 27.2 -1.4

Sources: American Iron & Steel Institute, Ward's Automotive Reports, Edison

Electric Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Dept., WWPA*, SFPA**,

Association of American Railroads

LEADING INDICATORS

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

STOCK PRICES (9/5) S&P 500 929.05 899.47 41.7

CORPORATE BOND YIELD, Aaa (9/5) 7.25% 7.28% -6.5

INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS PRICES (9/5) 106.9 106.9 -3.4

BUSINESS FAILURES (8/29) NA NA NA

REAL ESTATE LOANS (8/27) billions NA NA NA

MONEY SUPPLY, M2 (8/25) billions $3,970.0 $3,966.2r 5.4

INITIAL CLAIMS, UNEMPLOYMENT 326 324r 1.9

(8/30) thous.

Sources: Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Journal of Commerce (index: 1990=100),

Federal Reserve, Labor Dept.

PRICES

LATEST WEEK YEARLY

WEEK AGO % CHG

GOLD (9/10)

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