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Economic indicators

In pictures: Clues to our financial futures Add to ...

<p>While esoteric economic signposts such as the length of women's hemlines (supposedly longer in tough times) or the width of men's ties (supposedly slimmer during recessions) have their believers, the recession in the U.S. and elsewhere has spawned several new "indexes."</p> <p>Here's a half-dozen: </p>

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