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Economic indicator

An economic indicator (or business indicator) is a statistic about the economy. Economic indicators allow analysis of economic performance and predictions of future performance.

Economic indicators include various indices, earnings reports, and economic summaries, such as unemployment, housing starts[?], Consumer Price Index (a measure for inflation), industrial production[?], bankruptcies, Gross Domestic Product, retail sales[?], stock market prices, and money supply changes.

A leading economic indicator is an economic indicator which tends to change before and in the same direction as the general economic activity, whereas a lagging economic indicator tails behind.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Timeline of U.S. economic indicators

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