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Meaning of leading indicators

lead'ing in'dicators

Pronunciation: [key]
— Econ. Econ.
  1. 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
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