Shoppers came out in the first quarter, pushing up economic growth. Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Future Orientation index shows a strong correlation between Internet activity and its gross domestic product. Countries in blue are deemed forward-looking. Suzy Moat and Tobias Preis hide caption

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Better than expected: Economic growth was higher in the third quarter than first thought. Here, a worker at a Ford plant in Michigan plugs a batter into a Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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