Leading economic index up for fifth month
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of future economic activity compiled by the Conference Board posted a fifth straight monthly increase in February, climbing a healthy 0.7 percent in a sign of gaining economic momentum.
The group's Leading Economic Index was up to 95.5 in February on gains that were described as broad-based and potentially signaling more progress on jobs, output and incomes in coming months.
"We haven't seen this kind of a run since we were coming out of recession in 2009," Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein said.
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