The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for France Increases
BRUSSELS, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for France increased 0.6 percent in February to 114.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.4 percent increase in January, and a 0.3 percent decrease in December.
At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for France, a measure of current economic activity, was unchanged in February at 103.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent decrease in January, and a 0.2 percent increase in December.
The LEI for France improved for the second consecutive month, and its six-month growth rate remains in positive territory. However, the CEI for France has been on a downward trend for more than a year and the weaknesses among its components are widespread. Taken together, the recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that economic activity may begin improving slowly in the near term.
About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(® )(LEI) for France
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 France include:
Yield Spread, 10 year minus Day-Day Loan
Stock Price SBF 250 Index
Building Permits, residential
New Unemployment Claims
Industrial New Orders
Ratio Deflator of Manufacturing Value Added to Unit Labor Cost
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Summary Table of Composite Indexes 2012 2013 6-month ---- ---- Dec Jan Feb Aug to Feb Leading Economic Index (LEI) 113.3 p 113.8 p 114.5 p Percent Change -0.3 p 0.4 p 0.6 p 1.1 p Diffusion 42.9 71.4 57.1 57.1 Coincident Economic Index (CEI) 104.1 p 103.9 p 103.9 p Percent Change 0.2 p -0.2 p 0.0 p -0.4 p Diffusion 75.0 25.0 50.0 25.0 n.a. Not available p Preliminary r Revised Indexes equal 100 in 2004 Source: The Conference Board All Rights Reserved
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