How your undies track the recession

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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