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Released: Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index™ (LEI) for the Euro Area increased 1.6 percent in July to 97.4 (2004 = 100), following a 1.4 percent increase in June and a 1.8 percent increase in May. Five of the eight components contributed positively to the index this month.
Said Jean-Claude Manini, The Conference Board Senior Economist for Europe: "Considering the strong performance of the LEIs for the Euro Area, as well as those for Germany and France, the recent small gains in GDP in the latter two countries may extend to the Euro Area as a whole by the third quarter. Nonetheless, as current economic conditions are still weakening, it is too early to say that the Euro Area will experience a sustainable recovery anytime soon."
The Conference Board LEI for the Euro Area has increased by 6.1 percent during 2009 after falling more than 15.0 percent between June 2007 and December 2008. Meanwhile, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index™ (CEI) for the Euro Area, a measure of current economic activity, declined by 0.1 percent in July, falling to 101.0 (2004 = 100), according to preliminary estimates*, after falling 0.5 percent in June and 0.2 percent in May. The Conference Board CEI for the Euro Area has been trending downward since reaching its peak in February 2008.
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The Conference Board LEI for the Euro Area aggregates eight economic indicators that measure activity in the Euro Area as a whole (rather than indicators of individual member countries), each of which has proven accurate on its own. Aggregating individual indicators into a composite index filters out so-called "noise" to show underlying trends more clearly.
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 nine other individual countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Australia, Korea and Mexico.
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The eight 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)
Index of Capital Goods New Orders (source: Eurostat)
Dow Jones EURO STOXX® Index (source: STOXX Limited)
Money Supply (M2) (source: European Central Bank)
Interest Rate Spread (source: ECB)
Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (source: Markit Economics)
Eurozone Service Sector Future Business Activity Expectations Index (source: Markit Economics)
Click here for The Conference Board calendar of 2009 indicator releases.
* Series in The Conference Board LEI for the Euro Area that are based on The Conference Board estimates are real money supply, residential building permits and new orders of capital goods. 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).
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