NEMA May 2016 EBCIs show gradual increases.

Press Release Summary:

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) rose to 53.3 points in May from 50 in April. While 20% of panelists reported conditions improved in May (comparable to April’s 19%), 13% reported business environment worsened (down April's 19%). Intensity of change increased to +0.2 from 0.0, and EBCI for future North American conditions also improved by climbing to 56.7 from 53.1. Of those reporting, 27% had positive expectations for next 6 months as opposed to 19% one month ago.

Original Press Release:

NEMA EBCIs Creep Upward in May

ROSSLYN, Va. — NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) rose in May, edging up to 53.3 points from 50 in April. Twenty percent of panelists reported conditions improved in May, similar to April’s 19%, but only 13% reported the business environment worsened in May, down from 19% in April. Two-thirds claimed conditions were unchanged in May, similar to the 63% who held this view a month ago.

The survey’s measure of the intensity of change in electroindustry business conditions also increased in May, rising to +0.2 from a neutral 0.0 in April. 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 also gained ground in May, climbing to 56.7 from 53.1 in April. Twenty-seven percent of the panel reported positive expectations for the next six months compared to 19% a month ago. Meanwhile, 13% reported negative expectations, identical to April’s result. The share expecting to see no change in business conditions over the next six months slipped to 60% in May from 69% in April.

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