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

NEW YORK, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan increased 2.1 percent in March to 96.0 (2004 = 100), following a 1.2 percent increase in February, and a 0.8 percent increase in January.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Japan, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.1 percent in March to 96.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in February, and a 0.3 percent increase in January.

The Conference Board LEI for Japan grew strongly in both March and February and as a result, its six-month growth has picked up sharply. At the same time, The Conference Board CEI for Japan increased moderately for the third consecutive month, and its six-month change has also improved from the second half of last year. Taken together, the recent gains in both the LEI and CEI suggest that the rate of economic expansion is likely to pick up 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:

Operating Profits 
Dwelling Units Started 
Business Failures 
Index of Overtime Worked 
Stock Prices (TOPIX)
Six-Month Growth Rate of Labor Productivity
Tankan Business Conditions Survey
Money Supply
Yield Spread
New Orders for Machinery and Construction

For more information including full press release and technical notes: 
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=5

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

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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes


2013

6-month


Jan

Feb

Mar

Sep to Mar

Leading Economic Index (LEI)

92.9

p  

94.0

p  

96.0

p



   Percent Change  

0.8

p  

1.2

p  

2.1

p  

3.9

p

   Diffusion  

70.0


80.0


80.0


80.0











Coincident Economic Index (CEI)  

96.5

p  

96.7

p  

96.8

p



   Percent Change  

0.3

p  

0.2

p  

0.1

p  

0.8

p

   Diffusion  

75.0


100.0


62.5


100.0











n.a. Not available    p Preliminary    r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2004

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