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The Conference Board provides a rich array of actionable, authoritative economic data on the business cycle, labor demand and trends, and several barometers of consumer and business confidence, including the widely quoted Consumer Confidence Index and the Leading Economic Indicators. Our Chief Economist and a team of economic experts update our monthly forecasts and provide additional insights.

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Better Labor Market Here to Stay in 2012
(3BL Media) March 9, 2012 - The good news is that the improved pace of job growth continued in January and February. The really good news is that this pace of job creation looks like it could be sustained through spring and summer, and possibly even pick up. Healthy job gains in manufacturing have continued, and the even brighter news is that state and local employment have turned...
Mar 9, 2012 5:30 PM ET
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increases
(3BL Media) February 28, 2012 - The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased in January, increased in February. The Index now stands at 70.8 (1985=100), up from 61.5 in January. The Present Situation Index increased to 45.0 from 38.8. The Expectations Index rose to 88.0 from 76.7 in January. The monthly Consumer...
Feb 28, 2012 5:00 PM ET
LEI for U.S. Increases Again
(3Bl Media) February 17, 2012 - The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.4 percent in January to 94.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in December and a 0.3 percent increase in November. Said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board: “This fourth consecutive gain in the LEI reflected fairly widespread strength...
Feb 17, 2012 5:15 PM ET
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Decreases Slightly
(3BL Media) January 31, 2012 - The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, retreated in January. The Index now stands at 61.1 (1985=100), down from 64.8 in December. The Present Situation Index declined to 38.4 from 46.5. The Expectations Index edged down to 76.2 from 77.0 in December. The monthly ...
Jan 31, 2012 5:30 PM ET
LEI for U.S. Increases
(3BL Media) January 26, 2012 - The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.4 percent in December to 94.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in November and a 0.6 percent increase in October. This month’s data inaugurates a number of major changes to the components and calculation of the LEI [see benchmark notes below]....
Jan 26, 2012 5:35 PM ET

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