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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.

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

 

2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011

August 2014

​NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America climbed to 68.2 in August, its highest level in more than three years, from 54.5 in July. Slightly less than half of the survey panelists reported business conditions improved from July to August compared to only 9% claiming they deteriorated. The remaining 45% of panelists reported conditions were largely unchanged. The EBCI for future North American conditions was unchanged from July at 84.1, remaining near the top of its historical range. For the second straight month, 73% of survey respondents said they expect conditions to improve over the next half-year and only five percent reported that they anticipate a near-term deterioration in the business environment. EBCI results 20140827nm.pdf

July 2014

More respondents to NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Survey reported conditions improved in July  than reported they deteriorated. Consequently, the EBCI for current conditions in North America increased to 54.5 from 50 in each of the last two months.  Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions remained near the top of its historic range, rising modestly to 84.1 in July from 82.5 in June. EBCI results 20140730_nm.pdf

June 2014

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America was unchanged in June at 50, a value that is just below the threshold for conditions typically associated with an environment conducive to business expansion. The EBCI for future North American conditions continued to signal widespread optimism even though the index slipped to 82.5 in June from 85.3 in May. EBCI results 20140625_nm.pdfEBCI results 20140625_nm.pdf

May 2014

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined to 50 in May, the value typically associated with a stable business environment, down from readings of 66.7 in April and 52.6 in March. The EBCI for future North American conditions continued to signal widespread optimism even though the index retreated from 92.9 in April, a twelve year peak, to 85.3 in May. EBCI results 20140528_nm.pdf

April 2014

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America jumped to 66.7 in April, up from readings of 52.6 in March and 50 in February, the value typically associated with a stable business environment. The EBCI for future North American conditions continued to signal widespread optimism. Indeed, the index for conditions six months hence improved to 92.9 from 86.8 in March, reaching a peak not recorded since 2002. EBCI results 20140430_nm.pdfEBCI results 20140430_nm.pdf

March 2014

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America edged above the 50 point mark typically associated with a stable business environment in March to 52.6. The gain came on the heels of a reading of 50 in February and a sharp drop in January. Though the index for expected future business conditions retreated, it contiued to point to widespread optimism. The EBCI for North American conditions six months hence fell to 86.6 from 91.2 in February. EBCI results 20140326_nm.pdfEBCI results 20140326_nm.pdf

February 2014

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America rebounded in February, rising to the 50 point mark typically associated with a stable business environment. The gain came on the heels of a sharp drop in the wintery month of January. Confidence in future business conditions strengthened in February for the fifth consecutive month. The EBCI for North American conditions six months hence rose to 91.2 from 90.6 in January, again one of the highest readings in the history of the survey. EBCI results 20140226_nm.pdfEBCI results 20140226_nm.pdf

January 2014

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America slipped below the 50-point level typically associated with expansion in January for the first time since October 2012. The index declined for the third straight month, falling to 40.6 from 52.8 in December. In sharp contrast, confidence in future business conditions again gained ground in January. The EBCI for North American conditions six months hence rose to 90.6 from 83.3 in December, one of the highest readings in the history of the survey. EBCI results 20140129_nm.pdfEBCI results 20140129_nm.pdf