Global Economic Indices April 2017

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Decision Analyst’s Global Economic Indices April 2017

The following chart compares Decision Analyst’s U.S. Economic Index to its Economic Indices for other countries. Globally, South America is moving in a positive direction, while a few countries in Europe are starting to look hesitant. Brazil increased 13 points in the past 12 months, while Argentina increased 10 points. In Europe, The Russian Federation increased 11 points, and France increased 6 points. The United Kingdom, powered by Brexit, dropped 13 points, and Germany fell 4 points.

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The Decision Analyst Economic Indices are based on monthly online surveys in the respective countries; these surveys provide inputs to Decision Analyst’s econometric models that compute the Economic Indices for each country.

North America

April 2017 Economic Index United States

April 2017 Economic Index Canada

April 2017 Economic Index Mexico

South America

April 2017 Economic Index Argentina

April 2017 Economic Index Brazil

April 2017 Economic Index Chile

April 2017 Economic Index Colombia

April 2017 Economic Index Peru


April 2017 Economic Index France

April 2017 Economic Index Germany

April 2017 Economic Index Italy

April 2017 Economic Index Russia

April 2017 Economic Index Spain

April 2017 Economic Index United Kingdom


April 2017 Economic Index Australia

April 2017 Economic Index India

Three-Month Moving Average

The Index numbers for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Mexico, Peru, the Russian Federation, and Spain are 3-month moving averages to smooth out month-to-month fluctuations. The reported Index number averages the current month with the 2 previous months. Prior to July 2013, the Index numbers for Germany were a 3-month moving average. Starting in July 2013, the Index score reported for Germany are the actual monthly numbers.


The Decision Analyst Economic Index is based on a monthly, online survey of several thousand households balanced by gender, age, and geography. Respondents were from the American Consumer Opinion® panel (a sister panel to the Medical Advisory Board®). The online survey is conducted in the last 10 days of each month. The Economic Index is calculated from 9 different economic measurements using a sophisticated econometric model. The result is a snapshot of coming economic activity in each country surveyed, as seen through the eyes of representative consumers living in the respective countries.

Decision Analyst conducts its concurrent economic surveys each month in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. Whenever the Decision Analyst Economic Index is greater than 110, it tends to signal an expanding economy. An Index value of 90 to 110 suggests a no-growth or slow-growth economy, and near or below 90 generally indicates economic contraction. These guidelines vary by country, however.

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