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January 15, 2015

Economic Watch: Producer Price Index Sinks, Core Prices Up

Prices at the wholesale level fell in December from the month before, the biggest drop since October 2011, due in large part to declining fuel prices.

January 14, 2015

For-Hire Freight Index Hits New Record High

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation sector shows it rose 0.8% in November from the month before, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

January 14, 2015

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop in December, Increase Overall for Year

Retail sales in the U.S. fell in December by the largest amount in nearly a year, according to a new Commerce Department report.

January 9, 2015

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Job Growth Best Since 1999

Unemployment in the U.S. continued declining in 2014, the best year for job growth since 1999, according to new Labor Department figures. However, wages fell and more people left the labor force.

January 8, 2015

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

January 8, 2015

Trucks Drive Cross-Border Freight, Hitting Record High Level

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners of Canada and Mexico increased in October compared to the same time a year ago, hitting the highest level on record.

January 7, 2015

Economic Watch: December Job Creation Highest Since June

A new report released ahead of government numbers set to be published Friday shows private sector, nonfarm employment in the U.S. increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December, the biggest gain since June.

January 5, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Slows, Construction Spending Slips

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, but it was the slowest pace in six months, according to the nation’s supply executives.

December 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Was 2014 Great or Not?

Was 2014 a great year for U.S. economy or not? What were the biggest influences on it and how did it affect trucking? It’s all a matter of the perspective of who you ask. HDT's Evan Lockridge offers his year-end take on the subject.

December 30, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Posts December Rebound

Consumer confidence in the U.S. rebounded in December after falling in November, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

December 29, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Soars, New Home Sales Drop

Consumer confidence reached its most favorable level this month since the last cyclical peak was set in January 2007, according to the Thompson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers, released just before Christmas.

December 23, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Wows, Durable Goods Decrease

The value of the production of goods and services in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year increased at an annual rate of 5%, according to a third estimate from the U.S. Commerce Department.

December 22, 2014

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Post November Slide

After hitting their highest level of the year during October existing-home sales slid in November, according to figures released Monday by the National Association of Realtors

December 19, 2014

Truck Tonnage Index Hits Highest Recorded Level in November

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.5% to 136.8 in November -- the highest level on record.

December 19, 2014

Economic Watch: New Construction Jumps 13 Percent

New construction starts in the U.S. climbed 13% in November from the month before to an annual rate of $677.8 billion, according to industry data provider Dodge Data & Analytics.

December 17, 2014

Federal Reserve: Economy Expanding at ‘Moderate Pace’

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it believes the American economy continues to expand at a moderate pace and would be able to handle a small hike in short-term interest rates.

December 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Post Largest Drop in 6 Years

Falling gasoline prices led to a sharp drop in U.S. consumer prices during November, the steepest rate in nearly six years, according to a U.S. Commerce Department released Wednesday morning.

December 16, 2014

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Fall

Newly released figures show a drop in housing starts during November, with an even bigger decline in the number of new building permits issued -- but new home building remained above a 1 million unit annual rate for the third month in a row.

December 15, 2014

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Homebuilder Optimism Slips

U.S. industrial production surged in November by 1.3% from the month before, the largest gain since May 2010, according to new U.S. Federal Reserve figures.

December 12, 2014

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Retreat, Consumer Sentiment Best in 7 Years

Prices at the wholesale level in November gave up all the gains made the month before, led by declining energy costs, while consumers in the U.S. are feeling better than they have in many years.


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