Reports due on producer prices

August 18, 2008 9:59:50 PM PDT
Inflation and housing are in the focus of the economic reports due this week.Tuesday, the Commerce Department reports on July housing starts and building permits. Also due is the Producer Price Index from the Labor Department. That's the main gauge of inflation at the wholesale level.

On Thursday, the Conference Board releases the Index of Leading Economic Indicators. And the Labor Department has the weekly jobless claims.