EBCI Readings for North America Post Sharp Gains in April

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions jumped 16 points in April to 42.

Though falling below the key 50-point mark indicative of improvement in industry conditions for a 17th straight month, the index nonetheless reached its highest level in nearly a year and has rallied 34 points over the last four months from December’s near all-time low.

The future EBCI for North America painted an even brighter picture, pointing (for a second month in a row) to a possible improvement in the level of the business conditions six months ahead. The index climbed from 52 in March to 60 in April, its highest level since July 2007.

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