Press Release Archive
Released: Friday, January 27, 2012
This month's release incorporates annual benchmark revisions to the composite economic indexes. These regular benchmark revisions bring the indexes up-to-date with revisions in the source data. The revisions do not change the cyclical properties of the indexes. The indexes are updated throughout the year, but only for the previous six months. Data revisions that fall outside of the moving six-month window are incorporated when the benchmark revision is made and the entire histories of the indexes are recomputed. As a result, the revised indexes and their month-over-month changes will no longer be directly comparable to those issued prior to the benchmark revision.
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index®(LEI) for the Euro Area increased in December, rising to 103.0 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent decrease in November and a 0.2 percent decrease in October.
Said Jean-Claude Manini, The Conference Board Senior Economist for Europe: “The LEI for the Euro Area rose moderately in December – its first increase in ten months. In part, this improvement can be attributed to a modest decrease in the level of stress on financial markets following the December EU summit and the ECB intervention. Business confidence improved too, but it remained in negative territory, suggesting that economic activity should continue to contract in the very near term. Overall, the balance of risks has improved marginally, increasing the probability that the Euro Area may manage to muddle through the debt crisis, at least for now.”
The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index®(CEI) for the Euro Area, which measures current economic activity, remained unchanged in December. The index stands at 102.7 (2004 = 100) according to preliminary estimates*. The CEI decreased 0.1 percent in both November and October.
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.
Click here for further background information on The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the Euro Area.
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)
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, 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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