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Last updated: 21 Oct, 2014  

Conference Board Economic Index for India Increased in Sept

PR Newswire | 21 Oct, 2014
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India Increased in September
MUMBAI: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for India increased 0.9 percent in September to 183.5 (2004 = 100), following a 1.2 percent decline in August and a 0.5 percent increase in July. Seven of the eight components contributed positively to the index in September.

"After a disappointing August, the Leading Economic Index for India rebounded in September, suggesting that momentum in the economy continues," said Jing Sima, Economist at The Conference Board. "Nevertheless, India's economic recovery for the rest of this year still faces downside risks, as highlighted by surprisingly weak capital goods production as well as car sales in the third quarter – a sign that domestic demand remains sluggish."

Bart van Ark, Chief Economist at The Conference Board, added: "India's economic growth is likely to exceed 5 percent for 2014 as increased confidence has supported business investment, exports grew stronger, and corporate profitability strengthened. Nevertheless, the pace at which these positive factors will last depends on the performance of the global economy and the new government's commitment to accelerate India's stalled economic reforms."

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for India, which measures current economic activity, increased 1.1 percent in September to 203.4 (2004 = 100), following a 0.7 percent decline in August and a 0.4 percent decline in July. Two of the four components contributed positively to the index in September.

The Conference Board LEI for India aggregates eight economic indicators that measure economic activity in India. 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 India

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India was launched in September 2013. Plotted back to April 1990, this index has successfully signaled turning points in the economic cycles of India. The Conference Board also produces LEIs for Australia, Brazil, China, the Euro Area, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The eight components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for India include:

Interest Rate Spread (10-Year Government Bond minus 91-Day Treasury Bill) (RBI)
Stock Prices: SENSEX Average (Bombay Stock Exchange Limited)
Real effective exchange rate index, 36 countries (RBI)
Real Money Supply: M3 Bank Credit to Commercial Sector (RBI)
Merchandise Exports, f.o.b. (Ministry of Commerce and Industry)
Cargo Handled: Domestic and International (Airport Authority of India)
IP: Capital Goods (Central Statistical Organization)
PMI: Services Business Activity (HSBC/Markit)

For more information including full press release and technical notes:
https://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=13

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

About The Conference Board
The Conference Board is a global, 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. For additional information about The Conference Board and how it can meet your needs, visit our website at www.conference-board.org.

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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes





2014

6-month


Jul

Aug

Sep

Mar to Sep









Leading Economic Index

184.0

r

181.8

r

183.5

p


   Percent Change

0.5

r

-1.2

r

0.9

p

3.6

   Diffusion

75.0


12.5


93.8


100.0









Coincident Economic Index

202.6

p

201.2

p

203.4

p


   Percent Change

-0.4

p

-0.7

p

1.1

p

1.8

   Diffusion

50.0


37.5


62.5


100.0









n.a. Not available    p Preliminary    r Revised

Indexes equal 100 in 2004

Source: The Conference Board      All Rights Reserved


 
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