ECONOMIC DATA ABROAD

ECONOMIC DATA ABROAD

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

RISES 0.7 PERCENT IN FRANCEFrench industrial production, excluding construction and public works, rose 0.7 percent in March, following a revised fall of 1.7 percent in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Friday by the national statistics institute, Insee.

Insee's industrial production index stood at 112.7 (1980=100) in March, up from 111.9 in February, but down from 113.9 in January. In March 1989, the index was at 110.1.

POLAND'S JOBLESSNESS

NEARS 400,000 MARK

WARSAW, Poland - Unemployment in Poland, climbing much faster than the government expected, neared 400,000 by mid-May, a Labor Ministry spokesman said Friday.

He said 398,526 people, 2.96 percent of the work force, were registered as jobless May 15. Thousands of school-leavers are expected to push the total sharply higher next month.

WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX

IN JAPAN RISES 0.6 PERCENT

TOKYO - The Japanese wholesale price index for April averaged 90.9 (1985=100), up 0.6 percent from March, and up 2.7 percent from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan announced Friday.

The Bank of Japan report said the wholesale price index for domestic products was 94.4, up 0.1 percent from the previous month and up 0.7 percent

from a year earlier. It said the export price index was 87.9, up 2.1 percent

from the previous month, and up 9.1 percent from a year earlier.

CANADA'S INFLATION RATE

EASED TO 5 PERCENT IN APRIL

OTTAWA - Canada's annual inflation rate, measured by the seasonally adjusted consumer price index, declined to 5 percent in April, down 0.3 percentage point from March's rate of 5.3 percent, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

The compound annual rate of increase, based on the seasonally adjusted index levels for the first three months of 1990, was 3.4 percent.

PORTUGUESE TRADE GAP

UP 41.4 PERCENT IN QUARTER

LISBON, Portugal - Portugal registered a merchandise trade deficit of 253.9 billion escudos in the first quarter of 1990, a 41.4 percent increase

from the same period in 1989, the National Institute of Statistics said Friday.

Exports stood at 571.3 billion escudos during the first three months of 1990, while imports reached 825.2 billion escudos, it said. (145.85 escudo equals $1.)