The Conference Board said the U.S. leading index decreased 0.2 percent, the coincident index increased 0.2 percent, and the lagging index decreased 0.1 percent in August. The leading index decreased slightly in August, its second consecutive fall. As actual and revised data for the manufacturing new orders components became available, July’s slight increase was revised down to a small decrease and there were small downward revisions to the previous expectations.
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