December 20, 2004


Conference Board: LEI up 0.2% vs forecast 0.1% (Corbett B. Daly, 12/20/04, CBS.MW)

The U.S. index of leading economic indicators rose for the first time in six months, the Conference Board said Monday. The 0.2 percent increase was slightly faster than expected. Economists polled by CBS MarketWatch had predicted the LEI would rise 0.1 percent in the month. "Although the LEI has declined for nearly half the year, the declines were relatively modest," said Ken Goldstein, economist for the Conference Board. "Even if economic performance early in 2005 proves sluggish, conditions could brighten by spring," Goldstein added.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2004 11:26 AM
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