NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan declined 1.5 percent in October to 98.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.6 percent decline in September, and no change in August.
At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Japan, a measure of current economic activity, declined 0.8 percent in October to 97.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent decline in September, and a 0.3 percent decline in August.
The Conference Board LEI for Japan has continued to fall, and its six-month growth rate has become negative amid widespread weakness among its components. Meanwhile, The Conference Board CEI for Japan has also been decreasing, with its six-month growth rate turning negative recently. Taken together, the behavior of the composite indexes suggests that economic activity may weaken further in the coming months.
About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan
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 ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for Japan include:
Dwelling Units Started
Index of Overtime Worked
Stock Prices (TOPIX)
Six-Month Growth Rate of Labor Productivity
Tankan Business Conditions Survey
New Orders for Machinery and Construction
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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes
Apr to Oct
Leading Economic index (LEI)
Coincident Economic Index (CEI)
n.a. Not available p Preliminary r Revised
Indexes equal 100 in 2004
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