DEFINITION of 'Cardboard Box Index'

An index used by some investors to gauge industrial production by using the output of cardboard boxes to predict the purchases of non-durable consumer goods.

BREAKING DOWN 'Cardboard Box Index'

This is considered to be a relatively good measure. It is estimated that nearly 75 to 80 percent of all non-durable goods are shipped in corrugated containers. Therefore, the greater the amount of cardboard boxes being made, the greater the amount of cash being invested by companies to produce goods.

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