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Leading Economic Index Declines


The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the United States declined 0.2% in June to 109.8, following a 0.5% increase in May and a 0.1% decline in April

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the United States declined 0.2% in June to 109.8, following a 0.5% increase in May and a 0.1% decline in April.

ìThe indicators point to slower growth through the fall,î says Ken Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board. ìTwo trends will have a direct impact on the pace of economic expansion. First, improvement in the industrial core of the economy will moderate as inventory rebuilding slows. Second, improvement in the service sector has been relatively slow, with little indication that it will pick up momentum.î

ìThe LEI decreased in two of the last three months, but its level is still about 4.5% above its previous peak before the recession began,î says Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board. ìMoreover, the gains among the LEI components have been widespread, with the exception of housing permits and stock prices, pointing to an expanding economy, but at a slower pace in the second half of the year.î

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index for the United States was unchanged in June, following a 0.5% increase in May, and a 0.3% increase in April. The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index increased 0.1% in June to 107.6, following a 0.1% decline in May, and a 0.3% decline in April.

The composite economic indexes are the key elements in an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The leading, coincident, and lagging economic indexes are essentially composite averages of several individual leading, coincident, or lagging indicators. They are constructed to summarize and reveal common turning point patterns in economic data in a clearer and more convincing manner than any individual component ñ primarily because they smooth out some of the volatility of individual components.