Global Business Cycle Indicators
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Released: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area increased 0.1 percent in April and now stands at 106.5 (2004=100), after decreasing 0.2 percent in both March and February.
“The LEI increased modestly after two months of declines, indicating that the Euro Area’s economic environment remains sluggish,” says Bert Colijn, Economist for Europe at The Conference Board. “Confidence among businesses and consumers continues to be weak, with unemployment continuing to increase while investments are not picking up. The service sector, however, is a bright spot with business expectations having improved in five out of the past six months.”
The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for the Euro Area, which measures current economic activity, decreased 0.1 percent in April, according to preliminary estimates. The index now stands at 101.0 (2004 = 100)*. The CEI was unchanged in March and decreased 0.1 percent in February.
About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the Euro Area was launched in January 2009. Plotted back to 1987, this index has successfully signaled turning points in the business cycle of the bloc of countries that now constitute the Euro Area, defined by the common currency zone.
The Conference Board currently produces leading economic indexes for ten other individual countries, including Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.
The seven components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the Euro Area include:
Economic Sentiment Index (source: European Commission DG-ECFIN)
Index of Residential Building Permits Granted (source: Eurostat)
EURO STOXX® Index (source: STOXX Limited)
Money Supply (M2) (source: European Central Bank)
Interest Rate Spread (source: European Central Bank)
Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (source: Markit Economics)
Eurozone Service Sector Future Business Activity Expectations Index (source: Markit Economics)
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* Series in The Conference Board LEI for the Euro Area that are based on The Conference Board estimates are real money supply and residential building permits. All series in The Conference Board CEI for the Euro Area are based on The Conference Board estimates (employment, industrial production, retail trade, and manufacturing turnover).
About The Conference Board
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