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2013-05-01 12:26:04

New Report from The Conference Board Examines CEO Succession in the S&P 500 NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2012, 27.1 percent of S&P 500 companies facing a CEO succession hired an outsider for the top job, according to CEO Succession Practices: 2013 Edition, a new report by The Conference Board released today. The rate confirms an upward trend recorded since the 1970s, when less than 10 percent of CEO hires were outsides; it is much higher than the 19 percent...

2013-05-01 12:25:00

- April rise offsets losses in February and March, leaving labor demand unchanged in 2013 NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Online advertised vacancies rose 204,300 in April to 5,103,100 in The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine® (HWOL) Data Series released today. The gain offsets earlier losses, leaving labor demand flat in 2013. The Supply/Demand rate stands at 2.4 unemployed for each vacancy. In March, there were 6.8 million more unemployed than the number of...

2013-04-29 04:20:37

BRUSSELS, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(® )(LEI) for the Euro Area decreased 0.4 percent in March and now stands at 105.8 (2004=100), after increasing 0.1 percent in February and increasing 1.4 percent in January. "The decline in the LEI suggests that the Euro Area economy remains very weak and a recovery in the coming months continues to be unlikely," says Bert Colijn, Economist for Europe at The Conference Board. "Business and consumer...

2013-04-26 08:23:14

Kathy Bostjancic, Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, The Conference Board NEW YORK, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a comment on Q1 GDP from Kathy Bostjancic, Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, The Conference Board: The pace of economic growth in the U.S. grew 2.5% in Q1, propelled by acceleration in personal consumer expenditures and a buildup in inventories. However, the disappointingly weak March employment and retail sales reports support our view that the...

2013-04-25 12:26:00

NEW YORK, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Mexico increased 0.8 percent in February to 127.1 (2004 = 100), following a 2.0 percent increase in January, and a 0.2 percent increase in December. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Mexico, a measure of current economic activity, was unchanged in February, remaining at 122.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in January, and a 0.3...

2013-04-25 12:25:19

NEW YORK, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence(TM), which had increased in the fourth quarter of 2012, improved again in the first quarter of 2013. The Measure now reads 54, up from 46 in the previous quarter (a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses).  Says Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board: "CEO Confidence improved again, but still remains rather weak. However,...

2013-04-24 04:21:36

BRUSSELS, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Germany increased 0.3 percent in February to 103.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.4 percent increase in January, and a 0.5 percent increase in December. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Germany, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.1 percent in February to 107.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in January, and a 0.2...

2013-04-22 20:21:58

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Australia increased 0.3 percent in February to 122.2 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in January, and a 0.2 percent decline in December. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Australia, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.5 percent in February to 122.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in January, and a 0.1...

2013-04-22 04:20:45

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...

2013-04-18 12:25:13

NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.1 percent in March to 94.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in February, and a 0.5 percent increase in January. Says Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board: "After three consecutive gains, the U.S. LEI dipped slightly in March, with equally balanced strengths and weaknesses among its components. The leading indicator still points to a continuing...