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

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BRUSSELS, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for France was unchanged in April at 118.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.4 percent increase in March, and a 0.2 percent decrease in February.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for France, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.1 percent in April to 103.6 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent decrease in March, and no change in February.

With the LEI remaining unchanged in April, its six-month growth rate has slowed compared to the previous six months. The CEI, meanwhile, has been relatively flat for the past two years, but its six-month growth rate has turned slightly positive in recent months. Taken together, the recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that France's economy is likely to see continue moderate improvement 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


2014


6-month


Feb


Mar


Apr


Oct to Apr










Leading Economic Index (LEI)

117.8

p

118.3

p

118.3

p



     Percent Change

-0.2

p

0.4

p

0.0

p

1.2

p

     Diffusion

35.7


78.6


64.3


71.4











Coincident Economic Index (CEI)

103.6

p

103.5

p

103.6

p



     Percent Change

0.0

p

-0.1

p

0.1

p

0.2

p

     Diffusion

62.5


37.5


62.5


75.0











n.a. Not available      p Preliminary      r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2004

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