Guys, if you want to know where the economy is headed next, look in your underwear drawer. If you’re like most men, you’ve got more than a few skivvies in, well, less than perfect condition. It’s one of several unusual indicators economists turn to in hard times. We went looking through them in a quest for the much-discussed “green shoots” of an imminent recovery. The amount of stuff consumers return to stores can also tell us when a rebound is in store, says William Angrick, the chief of Liquidity Services.
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