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The Week Ahead


PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX

Monday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. EST -- The Institute for Supply Management's January industrial-activity index probably slipped to 53.5%. That's based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International.

VEHICLE SALES

Tuesday, Feb. 4 EST -- Sales of U.S.-made and imported cars and light trucks most likely slowed to an annual pace of about 16 million in January.

PRODUCTIVITY & COSTS

Thursday, Feb. 6, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Output per hour worked in the fourth quarter is expected to have increased at a 0.7% annual rate after a 5.1% jump in the third quarter. Unit labor costs most likely surged 2.7%, following a 0.2% decline from the previous quarter.

EMPLOYMENT

Friday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. EST -- Nonfarm payrolls in January are forecast to have grown by 50,000, while factories most likely trimmed 38,000 jobs. The jobless rate probably held at 6%, with hourly earnings very likely rising 0.3%.

INSTALLMENT CREDIT

Friday, Feb. 7, 3 p.m. EST -- Consumers are expected to have added another $3.4 billion of debt in December, compared with a decline of $2.2 billion in November.


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