Diversity in the construction segments will offset a significant downturn. Predicting how the economy will perform is akin to playing the horses. Do you bet for win, place, or show? Coming out of the gate the numbers look good for 1997, and concrete producers can expect another winning year. But realize the numbers are only forecasts, and don't expect a huge payoff. Bet on show for 1997. KEYWORDS: economic, cement consumption, construction sectors