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That Box You Just Tossed Is a Clue to GDP


Cardboard boxes, freight cars, and Suez Canal shipments are all economic indicators

Besides the classic indicators of economic activity—inflation, trade data, retail sales, and payroll figures—there's a wealth of clues to be found in cardboard boxes, freight cars, and more.

Tanzi covers economic data for Bloomberg News. Feld is a reporter for Bloomberg News.

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