The Week Ahead

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March 27, 2005

A weekly briefing on the economic calendar

Event of the week

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the unemployment rate and payroll numbers for March on Friday. Unemployment was 5.4 percent in February, and the consensus estimate on Briefing.com is for it to drop to 5.3 percent.

Monday

Earnings reports: Brookstone, Walgreen

Tuesday

Consumer confidence for March

Earnings reports: Apollo Group, Micron Technology

Wednesday

Final fourth-quarter gross domestic product numbers

Earnings reports: Best Buy, Carmax Group, Circuit City, Ruby Tuesday

Thursday

Personal income and spending for February; factory orders for February; Chicago purchasing managers index for March

Earnings reports: A.G. Edwards, Cognos, Red Hat

Friday

Auto and truck sales for March; construction spending for February; revised University of Michigan consumer sentiment report for March

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