The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for France Increases

BRUSSELS, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for France increased 0.6 percent in August to 116.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in July, and a 0.1 percent decline in June.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for France, a measure of current economic activity, was unchanged in August, remaining at 104.0 (2004 = 100), following no change in July and a 0.1 percent decline in June.

The LEI for France has been on an upward trend since the beginning of the year, and as a result its six-month growth rate has improved. Meanwhile, the CEI has been flat over the past six months and its six-month growth rate has moved out of negative territory. Taken together, the recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that the recovery in economic activity will continue 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
Production Expectations
Ratio Deflator of Manufacturing Value Added to Unit Labor Cost

For more information including full press release and technical notes: 
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=3

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 Indexes


2013

6-month


Jun

Jul

Aug

Feb to Aug










Leading Economic Index (LEI)  

115.3

p  

115.6

p  

116.3

p



   Percent Change  

-0.1

p  

0.3

p  

0.6

p  

1.5

p

   Diffusion  

71.4


64.3


78.6


85.7











Coincident Economic Index (CEI)  

104.0

p  

104.0

p  

104.0

p



   Percent Change  

-0.1

p  

0.0

p  

0.0

p  

0.0

p

   Diffusion  

50.0


50.0


75.0


50.0











n.a. Not available    p Preliminary    r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2004

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