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2013-09-04 12:28:30

-- Employer labor demand remains stalled at the December 2012 level NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Online advertised vacancies were up 86,800 in August to 4,974,900, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine® (HWOL) Data Series released today. The modest August gain was not enough to offset earlier months' losses, leaving labor demand basically where it was eight months ago in December 2012. The July Supply/Demand rate stands at 2.4 unemployed for each...

2013-08-28 12:20:14

Outlook more positive in 2014 OTTAWA, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Following a strong year in 2012, production in Canada's auto parts manufacturing industry will slow down significantly this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Industrial Profile - Summer 2013. "The motor vehicle parts industry will produce only marginal growth this year," said Michael Burt, Director, Industrial Economic Trends. "However, this slowdown should only be temporary. U.S. car sales...

2013-08-13 20:20:48

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan declined 0.5 percent in June to 98.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.8 percent increase in May, and a 0.5 percent increase in April. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Japan, a measure of current economic activity, declined 0.6 percent in June to 96.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in May, and a 0.2 percent increase in April....

2013-08-09 04:21:16

BRUSSELS, Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(® )(LEI) for the U.K. decreased 0.2 percent in June, after increasing 0.4 percent in May and increasing 0.2 percent in April. Four of the seven components made positive contributions to the index this month. The index now stands at 104.8 (2004=100). "Despite the LEI's slight decline in June, improvements in equity markets, business, and consumer sentiment in July suggest that the U.K. economic...

2013-07-26 04:21:25

BRUSSELS, July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(® )(LEI) for the Euro Area increased 0.5 percent in June and now stands at 107.5 (2004=100), after increasing 0.4 percent in May and increasing 0.1 percent in April. "June saw the Leading Economic Index for the Euro Area rise for the third straight month, increasing the odds for a recovery in the second half of 2013," said Bert Colijn, Economist for Europe at The Conference Board. "Even as...

2013-06-27 12:24:39

NEW YORK, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board announced today that it will continue a statistical program on international labor statistics that is to be eliminated by the federal government due to across-the-board spending cuts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a unit of the United States Department of Labor, has announced that it will shut down the International Labor Comparison (ILC) program on July 1. The program provides businesses, government agencies, academics,...

2013-06-21 04:22:06

BRUSSELS, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Germany increased 0.1 percent in April to 105.0 (2004 = 100), following a 0.4 percent increase in March, and a 0.5 percent increase in February. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Germany, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.2 percent in April to 107.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in March, and no change in...

2013-06-18 20:21:17

NEW YORK, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Australia increased 0.3 percent in April to 123.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in March, and a 0.4 percent increase in February. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Australia, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.3 percent in April to 122.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in March, and a 0.3 percent...

2013-06-13 20:21:15

NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Korea declined 0.5 percent in April to 120.9 (2004 = 100), following a 1.2 percent increase in March, and a 0.5 percent decline in February. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Korea, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.3 percent in April to 116.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.6 percent increase in March and a 1.6 percent decline in...

2013-06-13 08:26:43

Kathy Bostjancic, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis, The Conference Board NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a comment on U.S. Bureau of Census Retail Sales Report from Kathy Bostjancic, Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, The Conference Board: Consumer spending is getting a boost from improving consumer confidence and a rebound in aggregate household net worth to a record level, surpassing the pre-recession peak recorded in Q3 2007. The positive wealth...