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Electroindustry Business Conditions Index


The EBCI indexes are based on the results of a monthly survey of senior managers at NEMA member companies and are designed to provide a measure of changes in the business environment facing electrical equipment manufacturers.

For more information, e-mail NEMA's Business Information Services.

*Please note that no EBCI reports were issued in July, August, and September 2013.

 

2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011

July 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America improved by more than 20 points, marking an abrupt change of direction following  three consecutive months of decline. The index rose to 67.5 from 47.2 a month ago and from 50.0 in May. Only 10% of panelists reported worse conditions, and an equal share (45%) reported better or unchanged conditions. The EBCI for future North American conditions also advanced, though by a lesser margin. Having come in at 52.8 in June, the future conditions index edged up to 55.0 in July. A plurality (50%) of July’s panelists expect business conditions to be unchanged over the coming six month period, 30% expect conditions to be better, and the remaining 20% foresee a worsening business environment.EBCI results 20150729nm.pdf

June 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined for a third straight month in June. The index fell to 47.2 from 50 a month ago and from 54.8 in April as a higher proportion of panelists reported business conditions deteriorated in June than reported they improved. In contrast, the EBCI for future North American conditions posted a modest advance on the heels of three consecutive monthly declines, rising to 52.8 in June from 52.2 in May. Thirty-nine percent of June’s panelists expect the business environment to improve over the next six months, while 33% expect it to decline.EBCI results 20150624nm.pdf

May 2015

​NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined for a second straight month in May, falling to 50 from 54.8 a month ago and from 58.3 in March. The same proportion of panelists – 26% – reported business conditions improved in May as reported they declined, with the balance stating conditions were unchanged. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions lost ground for a third month in a row. The index dropped to 52.2 in May from 66.7 in April, and is down nearly 27 points from the year-to-date high of 78.9 reached in February. Thirty-five percent of May’s panelists expect the business environment to improve over the next six months, while 30% expect it to decline. EBCI results 20150527nm.pdf

April 2015

​NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined in April after holding largely steady during the first quarter. The index fell to 54.8 after ranging from 57.5 to 58.3 during the January to March period. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions declined for a second month in a row. The index retreated to 66.7 in April from 75 in March and 78.9 in February. EBCI results 20150429nm.pdf

March 2015

​NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America was largely steady for a third straight month in March as the index inched up to 58.3 from 57.9 in February and 57.5 in January. The survey’s measure of the mean degree of change in current North American conditions firmed in March, climbing to +0.3 from +0.2 a month ago. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions slipped modestly in March. The index retreated to 75 from 78.9 a month ago, but remained firmly above January’s reading of 67.5. EBCI results 20150325nm.pdf

February 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America was largely steady in February, inching upward to 57.9 from 57.5 in January. In contrast, the survey’s measure of the mean degree of change in current North American conditions softened in February, retreating to +0.2 from +0.4 a month ago. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions gained ground, climbing to 78.9 in February, up 11.4 points from January’s reading of 67.5. ​EBCI results 20150225nm.pdf

January 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America rebounded in January, climbing to 57.5 from 50.0 in December. Thirty-five percent of January’s panelists reported conditions improved during the month, while only 20% indicated that the business environment worsened. EBCI results 20150128nm.pdf

 

 

 

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