Indicators are predictors of future trends. For example, the Procurement Manager’s Index is a leading indicator of levels of business activity and the number of job advertisements is a leading indicator of employment levels. Both indicators provide an ‘early warning’ of the trends in key dimensions of the business environment. Conversely, lagging indicators occur in retrospect or simultaneously with the trend to which they relate. Extended lead times are a lagging indicator of supply shortages, and consumer price inflation indices are a lagging indicator of changing prices. See also Scenario Planning.

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