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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area Declined in March

April 29, 2011

BRUSSELS, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area declined 0.5 percent in March to 108.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.9 percent increase in February and a 0.7 percent increase in January.

Said Jean-Claude Manini, The Conference Board Senior Economist for Europe: “Widespread declines in the leading indicators led to the first drop in The Conference Board LEI for the Euro Area in five months. In March, the only positive contribution to the index came from the interest rate spread, but it did not offset the weaknesses in the other components. Current economic conditions remain on a more moderate trend, and accelerating inflation and austerity measures will weigh on domestic demand and dampen growth through the remainder of 2011.”

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for the Euro Area, which measures current economic activity, remained unchanged in March. The index stands at 103.1 (2004 = 100) according to preliminary estimates*. The CEI increased 0.1 percent in February, following a 0.1 percent increase in January.

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.

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(R) Index (source: STOXX Limited)
    Money Supply (M2) (source: European Central Bank)
    Interest Rate Spread (source: ECB)
    Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (source: Markit
     Economics)
    Eurozone Service Sector Future Business Activity Expectations Index
     (source: Markit Economics)

For more information, including full press release and technical notes:

http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=10

To view The Conference Board calendar of 2011 indicator releases:

http://www.conference-board.org/data/

* 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).

About The Conference Board

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              Summary Table of Composite Indexes
                                                    2011   6-month
                                                    ----
                                                           Sep to
                                Jan      Feb    Mar        Mar
    Leading Economic Index
     (LEI)                    107.8 p  108.8 p   108.3 p
       Percent Change           0.7 p    0.9 p    -0.5 p      2.5 p
       Diffusion                 50.0     81.3       6.3       62.5

    Coincident Economic
     Index (CEI)              103.0 p  103.1 p   103.1 p
       Percent Change           0.1 p    0.1 p     0.0 p      0.7 p
       Diffusion                 87.5     62.5      50.0       87.5

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

SOURCE The Conference Board


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