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.