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Conference Board's index of leading indicators rises in March

An index of leading economic indicators rose in March, good news for an economy still struggling with unemployment at 9.7 percent.

According to the Conference Board, a private group that provides research to businesses, its index of leading economy indicators rose 1.4 percent last month. This follows a revised number that showed a 0.4 percent increase in February, up from 0.1 percent.

The March numbers beat expectations. Forecasters said the leading indicators index for March would come in at 0.9 percent.

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By Frank Ahrens  |  April 19, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Conference Board, Economic, Economic indicator, Economy, Indicators and Statistics, Official Statistics, Social Sciences, Unemployment  
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