leading indicators

plural noun Economics.
data that reflect current economic conditions and can suggest future developments or fluctuations in the nation's economy: issued, usually monthly, by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis in the commerce Department.
Also called index of leading indicators, leading economic indicators.
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