Many people look at the stock market and company performances when considering how the economy on the whole is doing. However, many of them may want to take a gander at men's underwear
; specifically, their sales.
A number of sources have highlighted how men's underwear
expenditure may actually go down for the first time in years during 2009, as people look to save money and hold onto that ragged pair of boxers or pants for just a couple more months and save that extra few quid.
Time Magazine put this in the top three of its list of alternative economic indicators, behind the number of people moving to the US and those hiking along the Appalachian Trail - something people only do if they have "plenty of free time on their hands".
Rather morbidly, the resale of cemetery plots is also high on the list, alongside the toughness of Marine adverts, showing the barbed wire and heavy-duty side of things to put off anyone thinking of doing it for a laugh or as a part-time investment.
Earlier this month, a hospital in China decided to hang hundreds of pairs of men's underwear
on the side of the building to raise awareness of male health, according to China Daily.
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