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June 24, 2010 - Industry News

Manufacturers' Orders Slip After Five Months of Growth

After five straight months of increases, new orders for manufactured durable goods were down 1.1 percent, or $2.2 billion, in Ma

Tags: Economy

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Fed Keeps Interest Rate at Record Low on 'Less Supportive' Conditions

The Federal Reserve announced it will keep the federal funds interest rate at zero to 0.25 percent, a record lo

Tags: Economy

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Manufacturing Continues to Grow; Price Indexes Fall Slightly

Manufacturing activity continued to improve in May, climbing 0.9 percent on its third straight monthly gain of about 1 percent, according to the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the Producer Price Index was down 0.3 percent in May, and the Consumer Price Index fell 0.2 percen

Tags: Economy

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Indicators Mixed On Continued Uncertainty

Economic indicators coming out of the U.S. Census Bureau Friday were mixed, as the government announced that retail and food services sales were down 1.2 percent in May, while business inventories gained 0.4 percent in April

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June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Ceridian Index Sees Largest Monthly Boost in 10 Years

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index gained 3.1 percent in May, the largest monthly boost in over 10 years

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June 10, 2010 - Industry News

Trade Gap Widens in April

April exports fell 0.7 percent, while imports fell 0.4 percent, widening the trade gap from March

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June 9, 2010 - Industry News

Federal Reserve: Transportation Activity on the Rise

Transportation and manufacturing activity has improved over the last few months, according to the Federal Reserv

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June 7, 2010 - Industry News

Freight to Bounce Back Stronger Than Economy

Expected growth in Asia's economy could mean a competitive market for U.S. exports. (Photo by Schneider)

Over the long term, freight is expected to grow at a stronger pace than the U.S. gross domestic product, said Paul Bingham, managing director of global commerce and transportation at IHS Global Insight

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June 3, 2010 - Industry News

Orders For Manufactured Goods Continue to Rise

Following a 1.7 percent boost in March, new orders for manufactured goods continued to rise, up 1.2 percent, or $5.1 billion, in Apri

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May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Orders For Manufactured Durable Goods Back Up in April

New orders for manufactured durable goods gained 2.9 percent in April, the fourth boost in the last five month

Tags: Economy

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

Tags: Economy

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

Tags: Economy

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

Tags: Economy

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

Tags: Economy

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

Tags: Economy

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

Tags: Economy

January 14, 2010 - Industry News

The First Lesson of Recession: Survive It

(Photo courtesy of Corcentric)

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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