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EBCI Indicates Slowing Improvement in North American business conditions.

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May 02, 2012 - Although it continues to point to economic environment conducive to industry growth, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped nearly 13 points in April to 59.1. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also suggested slowdown in improvement, dropping to +0.2. EBCI for future North American conditions was strongly positive in April, although index declined just over 4 points to 81.8.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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EBCI Indicates Improvement in North American Conditions Slowed in April

Press release date: Apr 25, 2012

ROSSLYN, Va.-NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions retreated nearly 13 points in April to 59.1, following a sharp run-up earlier in the year to its highest levels since 2005. Despite the slide seen in the latest month, the index continues to point to an economic environment conducive to industry growth.

The survey's measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions also suggested a slowdown in the pace of improvement. It dropped to +0.2 in April from +0.7, its highest mark in nearly two years, in February and March. Panelists are asked to report intensity of change on a scale ranging from -5 (deteriorated significantly) through 0 (unchanged) to +5 (improved significantly).

The EBCI for future North American conditions was strongly positive again in April. Though the index declined just over 4 points to 81.8, it remained at the high end of its historic range.

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