The 40 Most Unusual Economic Indicators

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The Consumer Consumption Of Beer Index is based on the idea that cash-strapped consumers often try to save money by drinking at home, sending pub sales and jobs downward. (Getty Images)

By Matthew Boesler and Eric Platt,

Every day, public and private data-gathering agencies publish economic reports that are widely reported on by the business media.

GDP, manufacturing, and labor market data all help to inform us about what's going on in the economy -- but there are other things we can look at to supplement our view. Some of the more unusual ones we've come across include the Guns-to-Caviar Index, Tylenol usage, and the Mosquito Bite Indicator.



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April 06 2013 at 4:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
donut999

The best of the best was discontinued 6 months or so ago. The ceridian index. This was a very comprehensive monthly gathering of diesel fuel consumption by the big rigs. The theory was measuring this reflected goods moving to market, and for 5 years it was a dead on indicator of the shape the economy was in.

Why they discontinued it is beyond belief.

February 22 2013 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
talari

When I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself.

February 21 2013 at 11:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dcdundee

I can't believe the stupid things people just believe.

My first question is who is measuring penises in different countries and comparing them. Nobody ever checked me so I guess I'm not in the loop. Please submit the studies and findings before writing stupid articles.

February 21 2013 at 7:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ybob555

Well now folks we have the answer as to why our economy is so bad. Read #8 in the slide show. It says "Countries where the average male organ is well, "average," have stronger economies than those with the largest or smallest".

Who can doubt that we have 536 ( 435 in the House, 100 in the Senate & the President) of the BIGGEST PR**KS running the country. So why don't we find just "average " politicians with some common sense to govern us? Anyone want to comment?

February 21 2013 at 5:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ybob555

Well folks, we now have the answer as to why the economy & the country is in such a mess, financially & otherwise.
Read # 8 in the list of 40. It states "Countries where the average male organ is well, "average", have stronger economies than those with the largest or smallest".
And it's a given we have 536 (435 House members, 100 Senators & the President) people, who are the "BIGGEST PR**KS" in the country governing us.
Why don't we just find some "average sized people with some common sense to run the country? Anyone want to comment?

February 21 2013 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jdykbpl45

Bought gas or food lately? Obama, The Fed, and the BLS (Burearu of Lying Statistics) live in never, never land.

February 21 2013 at 4:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply