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The Week Ahead


INSTALLMENT CREDIT

Monday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m. EDT -- Consumers are forecast to have racked up an additional $8 billion of new debt in July. That's according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. In June, consumer debt rose by $8.4 billion.

BEIGE BOOK

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. EDT -- The Federal Reserve Board releases its collection of regional economic activity ahead of its Sept. 24 policy meeting.

EXPORT-IMPORT PRICES

Thursday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Import prices in August are forecast to have increased 0.4%, while export prices probably rose 0.2%. In July, import prices rose 0.4%, and export prices increased 0.3%.

CURRENT-ACCOUNT DEFICIT

Thursday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The U.S. current account deficit probably ballooned to $128.8 billion in the second quarter, after climbing to $112.5 billion in the first quarter.

RETAIL SALES

Friday, Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Retail sales in August probably rose 0.1%, after a 1.2% jump in July driven by strong auto sales. Excluding vehicles, sales are forecast to have risen by 0.2% for a second straight month.

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX

Friday, Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Producer prices of finished goods most likely rose 0.2% in August, after a 0.2% decline in July. Excluding food and energy, core prices probably rose 0.1%, following a 0.3% drop in July.


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