September 2008                                                                    
                                                                                  
                     September vs. August         Six Months from Now             
                                                   vs. September                  
                                                                                  
               Prev.                           |Prev.                             
               Diff.  Inc. No ch. Dec.   Diff. |Diff.  Inc. No ch. Dec. Diff.     
               Index                     Index |Index                   Index     
                                               |                                  
General Business -12.7  28.0  46.3  24.2   3.8 | 27.6  49.0  32.5  18.2  30.8     
Conditions                                     |                                  
                                               |                                  
New Orders       -11.9  32.4  40.7  26.8   5.6 | 39.4  52.0  33.7   7.8  44.2     
                                               |                                  
Shipments         -3.3  31.0  39.5  28.4   2.6 | 36.3  49.1  36.9   5.9  43.1     
                                               |                                  
Unfilled Orders   -8.7  14.2  59.1  24.4 -10.2 |  7.4  20.6  60.5  13.0   7.6     
                                               |                                  
Delivery Times    -9.9   9.7  75.4  14.8  -5.1 |  3.5  11.9  74.7  11.0   0.9     
                                               |                                  
Inventories       -6.6  17.1  42.1  40.0 -22.9 | -5.0  17.3  49.7  32.0 -14.7     
                                               |                                  
Prices Paid       57.5  42.8  44.9  11.3  31.5 | 51.9  54.9  32.0  13.1  41.7     
                                               |                                  
Prices Received   27.0  25.8  62.6  10.3  15.5 | 28.1  41.0  47.0  12.0  28.9     
                                               |                                  
Number of Emp.    -1.1  18.2  59.6  19.2  -0.9 | 13.5  26.4  61.2  11.0  15.5     
                                               |                                  
Avg. Emp. Wrkwk  -11.8  17.1  56.5  24.5  -7.4 | 13.5  24.3  64.1  11.7  12.6     
                                               |                                  
Capital Ex.       --    --    --    --    --   |  9.1  31.3  49.8  12.7  18.6     
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
Notes: (1) Items may not add to 100 percent because 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 data reflect information received through September 15, 2008    

September 2008 Release

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