October 2008

                     October vs. September    |     Six Months from now
                                              |     vs. October
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               Prev.                          |Prev.
               Diff.  Inc. No ch. Dec. Diff.  |Diff.  Inc. No ch. Dec. Diff.
               Index                   Index  |Index                   Index
                                              |
General Busines   3.8  11.5  39.5  49.0 -37.5 | 30.8  35.5  18.2  39.7  -4.2
Conditions                                    |
                                              |
New Orders        5.6  17.0  34.4  47.5 -30.5 | 44.2  33.0  27.0  36.6  -3.6
                                              |
Shipments         2.6  19.8  37.6  38.6 -18.8 | 43.1  28.4  23.6  40.6 -12.3
                                              |
Unfilled Orders -10.2   6.7  59.0  34.2 -27.5 |  7.6  13.3  48.1  31.6 -18.3
                                              |
Delivery Times   -5.1   3.3  71.7  23.5 -20.2 |  0.9   3.6  59.9  29.2 -25.6
                                              |
Inventories     -22.9  11.4  47.2  33.7 -22.3 |-14.7  17.2  38.5  37.2 -20.0
                                              |
Prices Paid      31.5  29.6  45.0  22.4   7.2 | 41.7  35.3  33.8  20.8  14.5
                                              |
Prices Received  15.5  24.8  51.0  19.5   5.3 | 28.9  29.2  44.5  20.3   8.9
                                              |
Number of Emp.   -0.9  10.2  59.2  28.2 -18.0 | 15.5  15.9  44.4  32.2 -16.2
                                              |
Avg. Emp. Wrkwk  -7.4  11.8  54.5  30.3 -18.4 | 12.6  15.2  50.3  28.0 -12.8
                                              |
Capital Ex.      --    --    --    --    --   | 18.6  25.0  38.0  27.0  -2.0
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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 October 14, 2008   

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