June marks the third consecutive month in which NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) improved. The current conditions index increased from May’s reading of 53.3 to reach 59.4 in June. More respondents saw change in business conditions, for better or worse, than did so in May. Thirty-eight percent of respondents reported better conditions in June, up from only 20 percent of those responding in May while 19 percent indicated worse conditions, up from 13 percent in the previous month. Forty-four percent noted that conditions were unchanged this month, down considerably from the 67 percent reporting unchanged conditions in May.
The survey’s measure of the intensity of change in electroindustry business conditions remained unchanged from May, as the mean response was +0.2. Panelists are asked to report intensity of change on a scale ranging from –5 (deteriorated significantly) through 0 (unchanged) to +5 (improved significantly).
The EBCI for future conditions improved as well, bumping up to 59.4 in June from 56.7 last month. More respondents also see changing conditions in the future as well, with 44 percent anticipating better conditions versus only 27 percent in May and 25 percent expecting worse conditions compared to 13 percent last month. Those expecting little to no change dropped from 60 percent in May to 31 percent this month.