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The Complete Idiot’s Guide® To: Economic Indicators by Mark R. Rogers

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Part 2. The Consumer in the Economy

You’ll feel right at home in this part of the book, because it’s talking about you, the consumer! But just because you’re in it, don’t take it lightly—the consumer makes up about two-thirds of the economy, and that gets the attention of financial markets. Consumers make or break the economy.

In this part, we’ll see how economists box up all this information about consumers. We’ll start with the number-one economic report in the known universe (but we’ll keep you in suspense on that until you turn the page)! Then we’ll move on to see how the government measures the money going into our wallets and where we spend it. And you can certainly believe financial markets want to know that! Finally, believe it or not, ...

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