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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Korea Increased

April 19, 2012

NEW YORK, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Korea increased 2.8 percent in February to 123.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in January, and a 0.4 percent increase in December.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Korea, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.4 percent in February to 117.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 increase in January, and a 0.3 percent increase in December.

The Conference Board LEI for Korea has been increasing for three consecutive months through February, and its six-month growth rate also turned positive for the first time since August of last year. Meanwhile, the upward trend in The Conference Board CEI for Korea continued through February, although the rate of growth in the index remains lower than during the first half of last year. Taken together, the recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that although the leading economic index has improved in the last three months, it is too early to conclude that economic growth will pick up in the near term.

About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Korea
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 seven components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for Korea include:

Stock Prices
Value of Machinery Orders
Letter of Credit Arrivals
Index of Shipments to Inventories
Export FOB
Yield of Government Public Bonds
Private Construction Orders

For more information including full press release and technical notes:
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=6

For more information about The Conference Board global business cycle indicators:
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bci.cfm

About The Conference Board
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                                                          Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes
                                                  2011                       2012   6-month
                                             Dec                       Jan                           Feb         Aug to Feb
                                            ---                        ---                           ---         ----------
    Leading Economic
     Index (LEI)                                 119.6  r                   120.0  r                     123.3
       Percent Change                              0.4  r                     0.3  r                       2.8               2.0
       Diffusion                                  50.0  r                    64.3  r                      92.9              85.7

    Coincident
     Economic Index
     (CEI)                                       116.6  p                   116.8  p                     117.3 p
       Percent Change                              0.3  p                     0.2  p                       0.4 p             1.2 p
       Diffusion                                  75.0                       75.0                         75.0              75.0

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

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