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  • n. An phenomenon that generally occurs in advance of an important phenomenon, aiding in its prediction.
  • n. A phenomenon that is predictive of the overall level of economic activity, especially one for which reliable statistics are available; a leading economic indicator.

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  • n. one of 11 indicators for different sections of the economy; used by the Department of Commerce to predict economic trends in the near future

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