In case you want to try your hand at predicting the economy, this appendix lists free web resources that will help you do the job:
Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://stats.bls.gov) is the best source of data on U.S. employment, consumer spending, and inflation.
Chain Store Age’s (www.chainstoreage.com) Weekly Leading Indicator report gives you a timely heads-up on how retail sales are going.
Conference Board (www.conference-board.org) is a source of consumer confidence survey information.
Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov) is a good source of detailed U.S. economic data, including gross domestic product (GDP), personal income, corporate profits, balance of payments, and more.