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The Rouge restaurant in Calgary.
The Rouge restaurant in Calgary.
(JEFF McINTOSH FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

TODD HIRSCH

The economics behind Albertans’ love of dining out

Economists love poring over reams of statistics to see if they can find meaningful patterns and trends. One of the most popular sets of data for discerning economic vibrancy and consumer confidence is retail sales. But an often-overlooked set of data can also offer similar insight: receipts at food and drinking establishments.