The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for India declined 0.5 percent in August to 183.2 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in July and a 1.1 percent increase in June. Two of the eight components contributed positively to the index in August.
"August's decline in the LEI follows five consecutive monthly increases, and while the LEI still points to continued growth in the second half of the year, the widespread weaknesses among the components suggest the economy may be facing risks," said Jing Sima, Economist at The Conference Board. "The service sector PMI declined sharply for the second month in a row, and exports and bank credit were both sluggish in August."
Bart van Ark, Chief Economist at The Conference Board, added: "The moderation in the monthly growth of the LEI over the last two months could be the first sign of a longer-term weakening in the upward momentum of the index, suggesting that optimism in the economic outlook may be wearing off."
The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for India, which measures current economic activity, increased 0.2 percent in August to 203.6 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent decline in July and a 0.5 percent decline in June. Two of the four components contributed positively to the index in August.
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.