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 index of leading indicators, leading economic indicators.
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Not one of our leading indicators was designed to carry the weight they now do.Don’t Trust the Economic Numbers That Govern Our World | Zachary Karabell | February 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stock markets are poor leading indicators, having only a weak connection with future changes in GDP.
The leading indicators have leveled off; unemployment remains stubbornly high; and confidence is waning.