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May 18, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Producer Prices Down in April Following March Boost

The U.S. Producer Price Index fell 0.1 percent in April, following an increase of 0.7 percent in Marc

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May 14, 2010 - Industry News

April Sees Gains in Retail Sales, Industrial Production

In April, revenue at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores were down nearly 2 percent. Department store sales were off 1.5 percent, while food and beverage stores saw sales decrease 0.5 percent.

April retail sales were up 0.4 percent over March, the seventh straight gain, while industrial production grew by 0.8 percent in April, higher than expected

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May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Forecast Outlines Growth in Tonnage, Other Economic/Industry Trends

The future's bright looking ahead to 2021, says a new forecast from the American Trucking Associations, as total freight tonnage and trucking will grow (albeit slightly slower than the overall economy) and trucking will continue to dominate modal market share

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May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Recent Economic Indicators Mixed for April

Disappointing retail sales and a dip in an index that measures diesel purchases have some wondering if the economic recovery slowed in April, but other indicators including manufacturing and durable goods production, increased

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May 7, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Sees Labor Improvements Amid Market Volatility

Since December, factory employment has increased by 101,000, according to the Department of Labor.

Aside from the volatility in the stock market Thursday and Friday, last week yielded some positive signs that the economy is getting back on track, including an announcement by the Department of Labor that total employment grew by 290,000 in Apri

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April 16, 2010 - Industry News

Manufacturing, Retail Sales Inch Up in March

The Federal Reserve said industrial production was up 0.1 percent in March, with the manufacturing sector alone jumping 0.9 percent in the one-month period

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April 9, 2010 - Industry News

Wholesale Inventories Gain 0.6 Percent From January

Wholesale merchant inventories were up 0.6 percent in February from January levels, a positive sign that trucks may have more to carry in the near future

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April 5, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Indicators Point to Positive Road Ahead

Over the last week, the U.S. has been seeing some economic indicators that are cause for celebration, especially for the trucking industry

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March 5, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Payrolls Drop; Not as Bad as Expected

While total net payrolls were down by 36,000 in February, compared to a 26,000 drop in January, the rate was not as bad as analysts had expecte

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February 26, 2010 - Industry News

Revision of GDP Growth Bodes Well For Trucking Industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce has revised its estimate for real gross domestic product growth to 5.9 percent for the fourth quarter, a boost over an earlier estimate of 5.7 percent growth

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January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Indicators Provide Positive Signs of Recovery

Last week, changes in a few economic indicators, such as the gross domestic product and consumer confidence, point to better days ahead for the U.S. economy and for the trucking industry

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January 24, 2010 - Industry News

Economists Say Better Days Ahead, But Growth to be Moderate

The worst is behind us, but economic recovery will likely be slower than we would like, according to two economic analysts speaking at last week's Heavy Duty Dialogue, a one-day business conference for heavy-duty suppliers

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January 19, 2010 - Industry News

Roadsigns to Recovery

It looks like the recession is over. Now the question on everyone's mind is the recovery. Even though the economy is heading in the right direction, expect a bumpy ride, said an economist speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Tuesday. "The recovery is one of the most difficult phases of the business cycle," said Bob Dieli, President and founder of RDLB Inc., an economic research and management consulting fir

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January 14, 2010 - Industry News

The First Lesson of Recession: Survive It

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The Great Recession has affected freight transportation in many ways but most of all it has provided a lesson in survival. "We did what most businesses did in order to survive - things that in our 25-year history we've never had to do," said Pat Quinn, co-chairman of U.S. Xpress. Such as: pay freezes, pay cuts from five to 20 percent and laying off non-driving personne

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January 5, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Crisis Has People on the Move

As a result of the state of the economy and high rates of unemployment in some states, people flocked out of the Rust Belt and western regions, migrating to more promising states in the Southwest, Northeast and Southeas

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January 2, 2010 - Industry News

November Truck Tonnage Index Has Best Year-Over-Year Showing in 12 Months

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7 percent in November, following a 0.2 percent contraction in October

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November 20, 2009 - Industry News

FTR Associates: Markets Do Recover After a Bad Recession

While this recession has been the longest and deepest we've seen in a while, the record shows that markets do recover after a bad recession, said Noel Perry, senior consultant at FTR Associates, during a webinar Friday morning

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November 18, 2009 - Industry News

Freight Recovery Most Likely Headed For Elongated 'U' in 2010

During an interactive session at the 2009 Intermodal Expo and TransComp in Anaheim, Calif., this week, 44 percent of the audience said they expect the economic recovery to play out in a "U" shape, or a slow upturn. Meanwhile, 26 percent anticipate a "W" shape, or a double dip in economic activity. For the most part, panelists agreed with the audience and expect an elongated "U,"

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November 13, 2009 - Industry News

Despite Stimulus, Transportation Contractors Don't See a Bright 2010

Despite the fact that nearly 70 percent of transportation contractors received stimulus-funded contracts work this year, most transportation contractors are not optimistic about the economic conditions, and about 77 percent expect the construction market to drop in 2010

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November 6, 2009 - Industry News

FTR: We're on the Bottom, But Where Do We Go From Here?

"We really have reached a bottom, and that's a good thing." "We think the economy is starting to improve." These are just a few of the promising phrases listeners heard from Eric Starks, president of FTR Associate

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October 29, 2009 - Industry News

Economic Signs Point to a Recovery

Recent economic indicators point to some positive reinforcement that we're coming out of the recession, including news of the gross domestic product rising 3.5 percent in the third quarte

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October 2, 2009 - Industry News

Durable Goods Shipments Fall After Hopeful Two Months

Shipments in manufactured durable goods were disappointing in August, with a 1.4 percent drop from July, following a two-month uptick in shipment

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October 1, 2009 - Industry News

U.S. Economy Dips Less Than Expected in 2Q

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product during the second quarter was not as bad as previously thought, with a 0.7 percent decline, compared to the 1 percent decrease forecasted in Augus

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September 30, 2009 - Industry News

NAFTA Land Trade Down 28 Percent From July 2008

North American surface transportation trade was down 28 percent in July 2009 from the year-ago perio

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September 1, 2009 - Industry News

U.S. Manufacturing Shows First Sign of Growth in 18 Months

The manufacturing industry has started to show improvement for the first time in 18 month

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