The business cycle represents the short-term fluctuations in economic growth. These are alternate periods of stronger growth (upturn) and slower growth (downturn) or even negative growth (crisis). The most commonly used indicator for an economy’s development is the gross domestic product (GDP). Aside from GDP, the Dossier Business cycle includes a number of other important indicators that provide an indication of short-term economic developments. Visualisations such as the Business Cycle Tracer (BCT) and various radars also illustrate the Business cycle.