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10 Surprisingly Recession-Proof Industries (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/06/10 01:23 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

It's always tricky to call an industry "recession-proof" but, though it may sound surprising, there are a handful of industries that are actually growing during the downturn.

But as we wait patiently for things to improve, consumption patterns look a little different. Spending is down on funerals and education, but is rising on non-necessities like gum, tattoos and-- pet pampering? Perhaps mounting frustrations and anxieties about the economy have shown a new side of human nature.

Check out some of the most surprising industries that are not only surviving, but thriving during the current economic lull.

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Grossing over $300 million in 3 weeks, family-friendly flick "Toy Story 3" has virtually saved Hollywood from a lackluster summer (by way of contrast, Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" has grossed roughly $49 million so far). Meanwhile, fellow family-friendly movies like "Shrek The Third," "Wall-E" and "Up" have pulled in nearly a billion dollars in box office receipts in the last two years. Compare that to the $250 million earned by their "adult" counterparts during the same period of time: "American Gangster," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Public Enemies".

"In the recession, families are looking for activities outside of home, and a (family) movie allows Mom and Dad, the teens and the little kids to enjoy a movie together," Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com told Reuters last year.
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