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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan Increases

April 17, 2012

NEW YORK, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan increased 1.2 percent in February to 96.1 (2004 = 100), following no change in both January and December.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Japan, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.6 percent in February to 98.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in January, and a 0.3 percent increase in December.

The Conference Board LEI for Japan has improved since the last quarter of 2011, with most components rising during this period. Meanwhile, the rate of growth in The Conference Board CEI for Japan has also picked up, but the index remains below its most recent peak reached in February 2011. Taken together, the composite indexes and their components continue to suggest that the contraction of real GDP at the end of 2011 is unlikely to continue and economic activity should improve in the coming months.

About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan
The composite economic indexes are the key elements in an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The leading and coincident economic indexes are essentially composite averages of several individual leading or coincident 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 – primarily because they smooth out some of the volatility of individual components.

The ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for Japan include:

Operating Profits
Dwelling Units Started
Business Failures
Index of Overtime Worked
Stock Prices (TOPIX)
Six-Month Growth Rate of Labor Productivity
Tankan Business Conditions Survey
Money Supply
Yield Spread
New Orders for Machinery and Construction

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                                             Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes
                                                             2011               2012   6-month
                                                             Dec       Jan     Feb    Aug to Feb

    Leading Economic
     Index (LEI)                                             95.0  p            95.0  p          96.1 p
       Percent Change                                         0.0  p             0.0  p           1.2 p   2.0 p
       Diffusion                                             50.0               65.0             60.0    80.0

     Economic Index
     (CEI)                                                   97.7  p            98.2  p          98.8 p
       Percent Change                                         0.3  p             0.5  p           0.6 p   4.0 p
       Diffusion                                             62.5              100.0             75.0   100.0

    n.a. Not available    p Preliminary    r
    Indexes equal 100 in 2004
    Source: The Conference Board      All Rights Reserved

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