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

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NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Australia declined 0.1 percent in April to 129.6 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in March, and a 0.5 percent increase in February.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Australia, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.2 percent in April to 125.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in March, and a 0.4 percent increase in February.

The Conference Board LEI for Australia has been on an upward trend since the middle of 2009, although its six-month growth rate has moderated in recent months. At the same time, The Conference Board CEI for Australia continues to increase and its six-month growth has improved compared to earlier this year. Taken together, the current behavior of the composite indexes suggests that economic expansion will continue in the near term.

About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Australia

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 Australia include:

Yield Spread, 10 year minus Policy Rate   
Share Prices, All Ordinaries  
Money Supply, M3  
Rural Goods Exports  
Sales to Inventory Ratio  
Gross Operating Surplus, Private Non-Financial Corporations  
Building Approvals

For more information including full press release and technical notes:  
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=7

For more information about The Conference Board global business cycle indicators:  
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bci.cfm

About The Conference Board

The Conference Board is an independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States.  www.conference-board.org.

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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes







2014
Feb

 Mar

2014
Apr

6-month
Oct to Apr






Leading Economic Index

129.5

r

129.7

p

129.6

p


  Percent Change 

0.5

r

0.2

p

-0.1

p

2.5

  Diffusion

71.4


78.6


71.4


85.7









Coincident Economic Index

124.5

r

124.9

p

125.1

p


  Percent Change

0.4


0.3

p

0.2

p

1.6

  Diffusion

100.0


100.0


87.5


100.0






n.a. Not available   p Preliminary   r Revised





Indexes equal 100 in 2004





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