(Newsroom America) -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.1 percent in August to 95.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in July, and a 0.5 percent decline in June.
Economist at The Conference Board, Ataman Ozyildirim, said the U.S. LEI has declined in three of the past six months.
"While its six-month growth rate has slowed substantially, it still remains in growth territory due to positive contributions from the financial components including stock prices, yield spread and the Leading Credit Index. Over the last several months, the U.S. LEI seems to be fluctuating around a flat trend, while strengths and weaknesses among its components remain balanced.
"Meanwhile, the coincident economic index, a measure of current economic activity, edged up in August. The strengths among the coincident indicators have become less widespread, with three out of four components advancing over the past six months," he said.
And economist Ken Goldstein said the economy continues to be buffeted by strong headwinds domestically and internationally.
"As a result, the pace of growth is unlikely to change much in the coming months. Weak domestic demand continues to be a major drag on the economy."
The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.1 percent in August to 104.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in July, and a 0.2 percent decline in June.
The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index (LAG) increased 0.2 percent in August to 116.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent increase in July, and a 0.3 percent increase in June.