The Week Ahead

A weekly briefing on the economic calendar

March 28, 2004

Monday

Earnings reports: Jos. A. Bank, Steelcase

Tuesday

* March consumer confidence survey by the Conference Board. February consumer confidence dropped 9.1 points to 87.3, a significant change. The figure comes from two subindexes - consumers' appraisal of current conditions and their expectations for the future. The expectations index is typically seen as having better leading-indicator qualities than the current conditions index.

Earnings reports: CarMax Group, Alloy Inc.

Wednesday

* February factory orders from Department of Commerce.

* Chicago purchasing managers' index for February. January's index fell 2.3 points to 63.6.

Earnings reports: Best Buy, Circuit City, Monsanto, Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Thursday

* March car and truck sales. February domestic light vehicle sales were flat.

* February construction spending.

Earnings reports: Fisher Scientific, NDC Health

Friday

* March unemployment rate. The February report showed an unchanged two-year low of 5.6 percent.

Earnings reports: Pathmark Stores

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