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The Week Ahead


INSTALLMENT CREDIT

Monday, Apr. 7, 3 p.m. EDT -- Consumers probably added $2.5 billion of debt in February, following an unexpectedly large $13.2 billion jump in January. That's based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by MMS International. Severe winter weather in February kept shoppers at home.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Thursday, Apr. 10, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- The February foreign trade deficit is forecast to have increased to $42.1 billion from $41.1 billion in January.

EXPORT-IMPORT PRICES

Thursday, Apr. 10, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Import prices during March very likely rose 0.6%, following a 1.3% oil-dominated surge. Export prices probably moved 0.3% higher, after rising 0.4% in February.

PRODUCER PRICE INDEX

Friday, Apr. 11, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- In March, producer prices most likely climbed 0.3%. Excluding food and energy, prices are forecast to have risen by 0.1%.

RETAIL SALES

Friday, Apr. 11, 8:30 a.m. EDT -- Retail sales probably increased 0.3% in March, after a 1.6% drop in February. Excluding vehicles, sales likely grew by 0.4%, following a 1% decline.


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