The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Germany Declines

Sep 23, 2011, 04:00 ET from The Conference Board

BRUSSELS, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Germany declined 0.3 percent in July to 109.0 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent decline in June, and a 0.5 percent increase in May.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Germany, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.4 percent in July to 106.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in June, and a 0.2 percent increase in May.

The Conference Board LEI for Germany decreased for the second consecutive month in July, amid widespread weaknesses among its components. As a result, the leading economic index is now slightly below its most recent peak in July 2007. Meanwhile, the growth trend in current economic conditions, as measured by The Conference Board CEI for Germany, has remained relatively stable this year. Taken together, the recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that the economy should continue to expand in the near term, though perhaps at a modest pace.

About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Germany
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 Germany include:

New Orders, Investment Goods
Yield Spread cumulated, 10 year minus 3 month
Change in Inventories
Gross Enterprise and Property Income
Stock Prices
New Orders, Residential Construction
Consumer Confidence Index

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Summary Table of Composite Indexes






Jan to Jul

Leading Economic Index (LEI)

109.5 r

109.3 p

109.0 p

 Percent Change

0.5 r

-0.2 p

-0.3 p

1.3 p






Coincident Economic Index (CEI)

106.2 r



 Percent Change

0.2 r

0.2 r








n.a.   Not available   p Preliminary   r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2004

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