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September 13, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Expect 'Sauntering' Economy to Continue

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession," said Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession." Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, talked about "secular stagnation" at the FTR Transportation Conference.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday by the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Jumps as Employment, Construction Slow

Job growth slowed in August, according to government numbers released Friday, while other economic reports showed manufacturing hitting a six-year high as total construction spending unexpectedly slowed – and consumers are in the best mood since 2000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Construction Spending, Employment

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Best in 2 Years as Employment and Consumer Confidence Remain High

The widest measure of the health of the American economy was revised higher for the second quarter of the year, hitting its best pace in two years, while separate reports show hiring and consumers' feeling about the economy remain strong.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Employment, Gross Domestic Product, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Analysis: Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture

Recent reports on industrial activity have done little to change FTR's viewpoint on the strength of the U.S. economy or freight demand.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Manufacturing

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Core Capital Goods Orders Soar, Existing Home Sales Slip

New orders for big-ticket durable goods fell in July by the most in nearly three years, while the market for existing home sales cooled following a drop in new home sales.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Increases for 8 Straight Months

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico increased in June for the eighth consecutive month, according to new Transportation Department figures, though the hike for trucking was less than most other modes.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade, Freight

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Expanding, New Home Sales Drop

A first look at business conditions in the U.S. manufacturing sector for August showed it continued to improve, though at a slightly weaker pace, while a separate report shows the volatility of the new home market.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Increased Costs Could Mean Less Favorable Trucking Conditions

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell by more than two points in June as a result of increased costs for labor, fuel, and equipment, reflecting less favorable conditions for trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Fuel Costs, Labor Costs, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Slips as E-Commerce Jumps

New economic reports this week paint a picture of a U.S. economy that continues to gain momentum following a slow start to the year, due in part to increased e-commerce – despite some bumps in the road for manufacturing and housing.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Home Building

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Push GDP Hopes Higher

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy shifted into high gear in July, posting its biggest gain in seven months, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Imports Expected to Hit New Monthly, Annual Records

Boosted by continuing retail sales growth, August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports and 2017 is on track to set a new annual high, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Friday by the trade group the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the consulting firm Hackett Associates.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Containers, Port Trucking

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Remain High Despite Trucking Decline

Freight Transportation Services Index, June 2012 - June 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

After hitting a new record high in May, a measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry declined in June, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Freight Growth up Nearly 38% Since End of Great Recession

Freight TSI modal data, January 2000-December 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show all but one of the major freight modes have grown since the end of the Great Recession, with trucking posting the second-highest increase.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Surges, Exports Highest in 2+ Years

Employers in the U.S. continued adding a strong number of jobs in July, while separate reports show better exports and factory orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, International Trade

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Solid, Construction Disappoints

U.S. manufacturing activity in July remained solid, according to two reports issued Tuesday while separate ones showed overall construction activity in the U.S. eased as consumer spending and personal incomes barely improved.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Rises for 7th Straight Month

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A rise in the value of cross-border trucking freight between the U.S. and the other two North American Free Trade Agreement partner counties helped push total value of commodities higher for the seventh straight month in May, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Railroads, Surface Trade, Freight

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Steady Rise in Truck Tonnage Over Next Decade

Image via ATA

The ATA Freight Transportation Forecast is projecting steadily increasing freight tonnage overall and for the trucking industry for the next ten years.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Tonnage, Economic Forecast

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Concerns Remain Despite Housing Rebound

Housing starts in the U.S. bounced back, according to a new Commerce Department report, but concerns remain about the future of the housing market as well as the wider economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Rebounds, Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2012 - May 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transporters rebounded in May following a two-month decline, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Forecast Calls for Continued Low Oil, Fuel Prices

Average diesel prices are forecast to rise only a little this year and into 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOE

Lower than earlier forecast crude oil prices are expected to translate into continued low prices at the pumps for both diesel and gasoline, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Imports Could Hit New Record High Following Big Gains

July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season that will follow, according to a new forecast from the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Containers, Port Trucking

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Growth Remains Strong

The number of job gains showed no signs of easing up in June, as the Labor Department reports strong additions, with hiring better than previously estimated.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: No Consensus on Factory Activity; Construction Flat

There are conflicting reports on activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector. One report says it moved into high gear in June, hitting a near three-year high, while a separate one indicated conditions were the weakest since last September.

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Overall Growth Revised Upward

The U.S. economy grew faster in the first quarter of the year than earlier estimates indicated, according to a Commerce Department report released Thursday, but there’s little optimism there the second quarter will show a big surge.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

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