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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China Increased in May

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BEIJING, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China increased 0.7 percent in May. The index stands at 290.2 (2004 = 100), following 1.0 percent increases in both April and March. Four of the six components contributed positively to the index in May.

"While the Leading Economic Index for China increased in May, its rate of increase has slowed considerably in recent months.  The LEI, and its underlying components, suggest continued weaknesses in China's real economy in the coming months," says Jing Sima, Economist at The Conference Board. "April's sharp improvement in the real estate sector was short-lived and consumers remain in a pessimistic mood. Moreover, the Coincident Economic Index indicates the rate of current economic activity is substantially lower than last year." 

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for China, which measures current economic activity, increased 0.7 percent in May to 259.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.7 percent increase in April and a 1.5 percent increase in March. All five components contributed positively to the index in May.

The Conference Board LEI for China aggregates six economic indicators that measure economic activity in China. Each of the LEI components has proven accurate on its own. Aggregating individual indicators into a composite index filters out so-called "noise" to show underlying trends more clearly.

About The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for China was launched in May 2010. Plotted back to 1986, this index has successfully signaled turning points in the economic cycles of China. The Conference Board also produces LEIs for Australia, Brazil, the Euro Area, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The six components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China include:

Total Loans Issued by Financial Institutions (source: People's Bank of China)
5000 Industry Enterprises Diffusion Index: Raw Materials Supply Index (source: People's Bank of China
NBS Manufacturing PMI Sub-Indices: PMI Supplier Deliveries (source: National Bureau of Statistics)
Consumer Expectations Index (source: National Bureau of Statistics)
Total Floor Space Started (source: National Bureau of Statistics)
NBS Manufacturing PMI Sub-Indices: Export Orders (source: National Bureau of Statistics)

For more information including full press release and technical notes:
http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=11

To view The Conference Board calendar of 2014 indicator releases:
http://www.conference-board.org/data/

About The Conference Board
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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes










2014

6-month


Mar

Apr

May

Nov to May









Leading Economic Index (LEI)

285.2

p

288.1

p

290.2

p


   Percent Change

1.0

p

1.0

p

0.7

p

4.4

   Diffusion

58.3


50.0


58.3


66.7









Coincident Economic Index (CEI)

256.3

p

258.0

p

259.7

p


   Percent Change

1.5

p

0.7

p

0.7

p

2.9

   Diffusion

80.0


100.0


100.0


100.0









n.a. Not available    p Preliminary    r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2004

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