The composite leading index rose 0.2% in October, after a gain of 0.1% in September. In October, 5 of the 10 components increased, the same as the month before, while 4 declined, 1 fewer than in September. Household spending remained the strongest sector of the economy, while manufacturing remained the weakest.
The housing index advanced 1.6%, as the continued increase in housing starts since the spring was reinforced by a rebound in existing home sales in the last two months. Durable goods sales were mixed, with a dip in furniture and appliance sales offset by an increase in demand for other durable goods. Almost all of the growth in services employment was in the personal sector, as jobs in the business sector continued to post modest gains.
Composite leading indicator
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