Desk Rentals, the New Economic Indicator

A unit of Berkshire Hathaway picks up on a softening U.S. economy
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Looking for that economic indicator that picks up on a slowdown? Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate headed by investor Warren Buffett, may have what you want. Berkshire Hathaway’s furniture rental division saw demand from business clients grow more slowly in the second quarter, indicating that companies are curbing spending amid less optimism about the U.S. economy.

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