February 2008

                     February vs. January     |      Six Months from now
                                              |              vs. February
                                              | 
               Prev.                          |  Prev.
               Diff.  Inc. No ch. Dec. Diff.  |  Diff.  Inc. No ch. Dec. Diff.
               Index                   Index  |  Index                   Index
                                              | 
General Busines -20.9  17.9  39.6  42.0 -24.0 |   5.2  21.9  35.9  38.8 -16.9
Conditions                                    | 
                                              | 
New Orders      -15.2  25.8  36.9  36.8 -10.9 |   9.5  28.7  33.1  36.4  -7.8
                                              | 
Shipments        -2.3  24.9  34.6  37.2 -12.2 |  13.6  35.9  33.1  30.7   5.2
                                              | 
Unfilled Orders  -6.2  18.8  49.3  29.7 -10.9 | -12.1  15.4  57.8  25.9 -10.6
                                              | 
Delivery Times   -3.1  10.6  70.3  18.2  -7.6 |  -8.2   9.4  73.1  15.2  -5.8
                                              | 
Inventories     -11.7  15.5  55.4  28.6 -13.0 |  -7.7  20.2  43.8  33.1 -12.9
                                              | 
Prices Paid      49.8  53.0  40.5   6.4  46.6 |  60.6  43.8  45.3   7.0  36.8
                                              | 
Prices Received    32  30.7  62.5   6.4  24.3 |  37.2  43.0  44.2  10.9  32.1
                                              | 
Number of Emp.   -1.5  22.1  58.3  19.6   2.5 |  18.8  22.3  46.7  31.0  -8.8
                                              | 
Avg. Emp. Wrkwk -16.1  13.7  65.6  17.6  -3.9 |  -1.2  18.5  60.5  20.4  -1.9
                                              | 
Capital Ex.      --    --    --    --    --   |  19.0  23.8  47.9  22.1   1.7
                                             
                                               
Notes: (1) Items may not add to 100 percent bec ause of omission by respondents.
       (2) All data are seasonally adjusted.
       (3) Diffusion indexes represent the percentage of respondents indicating
           an increase minus the percentage indicating a decrease.
       (4) Survey results reflect data received through February 18, 2008.

February 2008 Release

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