The Conference Board said the U.S. leading index decreased 0.7 percent, the coincident index decreased 0.1 percent, and the lagging index increased 0.2 percent in September. The leading index decreased sharply in September as the economic impact of the hurricanes in the Gulf region began to be reflected in the component data. September’s decline in the leading index is its third consecutive fall. In September, the largest negative contributors to the leading index were the index of consumer
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