August Indicators Affirm Slowing of Economic Expansion in OECD Area
Oct 12, 2010
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OECD composite leading indicators (CLIs) for August 2010 reinforce the signals of a slowing economic expansion that were seen in July. The CLI for the OECD area decreased by 0.1 point in August 2010, marking the fourth month in a row that the index has shown negligible or negative growth.

The outlook given by the CLIs for Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, and India points strongly to a downturn. Stronger signals of a peak are emerging in the United States. The CLI points to a continuation of the expansion phase in Germany, Japan, and Russia.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) designations:

OECD-Total includes these 31 countries:
• Australia
• Austria
• Belgium
• Canada
• Chile
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Ireland
• Italy
• Japan
• Korea
• Luxembourg
• Mexico
• Netherlands
• New Zealand
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Slovak Republic
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• United Kingdom
• United States

The G7 area covers:
• Canada
• France
• Germany
• Italy
• Japan
• United Kingdom
• United States

The euro area covers:
• Austria
• Belgium
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Italy
• Ireland
• Luxembourg
• the Netherlands
• Portugal
• Spain

The EU15 area covers the euro area plus:
• Denmark
• Sweden
• United Kingdom

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