September 12, 2014
The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday reported August retail sales were up 0.6% from the month before and 5% higher than the same time a year ago.
September 10, 2014
A measure of the amount of freight carried by the nation’s for hire transportation industry increased 0.9% in July following a one-month decline.
September 9, 2014
North American freight volumes bounced back in August from a normal July dip, but it did not lead to a similar increase in freight spending, according to the Cass Freight Index.
September 5, 2014
Intermodal rail traffic levels remained strong in August, hitting new highs or coming close to it, according to the Association of American Railroads.
New U.S. Labor Department figures released Friday show more jobs were added in August, but the increase failed to continue the pace of more than 200,000 jobs that had been added each of the previous six months.
September 4, 2014
Private sector employment increased in August from July by 204,000 jobs, according to the August National Employment Report from ADP released on Thursday. This marks the fifth straight month of employment gains above the 200,000 mark.
September 3, 2014
Shipments of U.S. manufactured goods increased again in July, while new orders for them skyrocketed, with both hitting record high levels going back to 1992.
September 2, 2014
New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration show that American driving between July 2013 and June 2014 is at levels not seen since 2008.
U.S. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, hitting its highest level since March 2011, according to the nation's supply executives.
August 29, 2014
Consumers unexpectedly backed off on personal spending in July by just a bit, while income moved slightly higher, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, raising concerns that wages are not keeping up with household needs.
August 28, 2014
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103 billion in June as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value than during June 2013, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.
UPDATED -- The U.S. gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter of the year, according to a second estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department -- its best pace since the third quarter of last year.
August 26, 2014
UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.
August 25, 2014
New home sales in the U.S. declined in July, according to the Commerce Department, falling for the second month in a row and hitting a four-month low.
August 22, 2014
New construction starts in July climbed 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion, according to industry date provider McGraw Hill Construction.
August 21, 2014
The total value of shipments in the heavy-duty truck manufacturing business have increased the most of three vehicle classes over the past five-years, according to new 2012 Economic Census statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Linehaul rates for truckload shipping continue to rise, according to the latest Cass Linehaul Rate Index. On average, North American shippers paid 7.2% more in July of this year than last in their truckload linehaul rates.
The latest measure on the condition of the U.S. economy and where it's heading shows improvement again, according to the private research group The Conference Board.
August 19, 2014
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3% in July, following a decrease of 0.8% the previous month, according to newly released figures.
UPDATED -- Consumer prices increased as the slowest pace in five months during July, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
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