The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Korea increased 1.3 percent in December to 119.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.9 percent increase in November, and a 1.2 percent increase in October.

At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Korea, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.6 percent in December to 114.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.8 percent increase in November and a 0.2 percent decline in October.

The Conference Board LEI for Korea has risen for the past four months, and its six-month growth rate has rebounded recently. Meanwhile, The Conference Board CEI for Korea increased in the last two months after a three-month decline. Taken together, the current behavior of the composite indexes and their components suggest that moderate economic expansion should continue in the near term.

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

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 Korea include:

Stock Prices
Value of Machinery Orders
Letter of Credit Arrivals
Index of Shipments to Inventories
Export FOB
Yield of Government Public Bonds
Private Construction Orders

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Summary Table of Composite Economic Indexes
2010 6-month
Oct Nov Dec Jun to Dec
Leading Economic index (LEI) 117.4 r 118.4 r 119.9
Percent Change 1.2 r 0.9 r 1.3 2.7
Diffusion 71.4 r 78.6 r 78.6 71.4
Coincident Economic Index (CEI) 112.9 p 113.8 p 114.5 p
Percent Change -0.2 p 0.8 p 0.6 p 1.5 p
Diffusion 50.0 75.0 75.0 100.0
n.a. Not available   p Preliminary   r Revised
Indexes equal 100 in 2004
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