Electroindustry Business Confidence Slips in June
Jul 7, 2011
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NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions in June 2011 slipped to 45.5 in June, dropping below the 50-point “growth threshold” for the first time since October 2010.
The index climbed as high as 69.6 in February 2011, prior to a sharp run-up in oil prices and Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
• 27% of panelists reported conditions improved in June, the same as in May.
• 36% reported conditions deteriorated in June, up from 23% in May.
• 36% said conditions were unchanged in June, down from 50% in May.
The EBCI for future North American conditions continues to suggest an improvement in conditions in the next six months; this index topped the 50-point mark for a 28th consecutive month in June. The index was 63.6 in June, down from 81.8 in May. The report said:
• 36% of panelists in June expect conditions to improve during the next six months (compared to 68% in May)
• 9% expect conditions to deteriorate (5% in May)
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