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September 27, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Down, Personal Spending Lackluster

Following a string of at least slightly encouraging economic reports, two new economic reports are disappointing. U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to a five-month low, while personal spending in August increased for the fourth consecutive month.

September 26, 2013

Economic Watch: Three New Reports Show Slow Improvements

Growth for the nation’s economy picked up dramatically in the second quarter of the year with the gross domestic product increasing at an annual rate of 2.5%.

September 25, 2013

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

September 24, 2013

6 Myths About the Economy

“I think it’s pretty astounding this economy continues to grow when you think about the shocks it’s taken," said Bob Costello, chief economist & vice president, American Trucking Associations, speaking at TMW Systems’ Transforum user conference in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday.

September 24, 2013

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

September 24, 2013

Economic Watch: Trucking Freight Boom Forecast

There could be a lot more freight for trucking to move in the future from the nation’s manufacturing sector.

September 24, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Inches Back

Americans aren’t feeling quite as good about the state of the economy this month as they were in August, but they are still optimistic.

September 18, 2013

Economic Watch: Home Starts Up, Building Permits Down

Residential construction starts in the United States during August rose on strength in the single-family home market, but underlying weakness in housing is still spilling into the overall economy.

September 17, 2013

Economic Watch: Inflation Not a Threat to Growth

A new report shows inflation does not pose any threat to the slowly improving United State’s economy.

September 16, 2013

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Rises in August

Industrial production in the United States has posted its biggest increase in six months, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

September 13, 2013

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Sluggish in August, Consumer Confidence Falls

UPDATED--Retail sales increased less than expected during August compared to the month before, but are up significantly compared to a year ago, driven primarily by auto sales.

September 12, 2013

FTR Gears up for Annual Conference

FTR Associates' 2013 Transportation Conference, "Insights for Uncertain Times," will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Historic Union Station in Indianapolis. More than 40 industry speakers and panelists will provide insight on the economy and all modes of freight transportation.

September 11, 2013

Outlook Calls for Slightly Lower Diesel Prices, Gasoline to Drop More

A new government forecast is calling for diesel prices to average just below the same level this year as it was in 2012 and ease a little further next year.

September 6, 2013

Economic Watch: Overall Unemployment Slips, Trucking No Gains

While unemployment in the U.S. fell in August, the trucking industry added no jobs, and the number of jobs added the month before was revised sharply lower, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

September 5, 2013

Stifel: Soft Economy Makes Rate Hikes Tough, Despite Driver Shortage

Although a "cavalcade of regulations" is expected to make it harder than ever to find drivers, an economy that continues to grow at a sub-potential rate means fleets don't have a lot of leverage when it comes to raising rates, according to John Larkin and fellow transportation analysts at the Stifel Nicolaus investment firm.

September 5, 2013

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments Increase While New Orders Decline

Shipment of factory orders in July increased while new orders fell, according to a new Commerce Department report. Overall shipments saw their second hike in the past three months, but durable goods shipments fell slightly.

September 5, 2013

Trucking Revenues Increase in First Half of 2013

A new government report shows revenue in the trucking business increased 1.5% in the first six months of the year in the United States compared to the same time in 2012.

September 4, 2013

Economic Watch: August U.S. Auto Sales Best in Nearly Six Years

Sales of cars, light trucks and SUVs in the United States remain high amid signs the public has no intent of cutting back on purchases, good news for fleets that haul everything from raw materials to components to delivering new cars to dealers.

September 4, 2013

Economic Watch: August U.S. Auto Sales Best in Nearly Six Years

New figures show overall sales increased 17% in August compared to the month before, to an annual rate of 16.1 million vehicles, marking the best month since October 2008, before the worst of the U.S. economic recession.

September 3, 2013

Economic Watch: Manufacturing and Housing Increase Significantly

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the third consecutive month and at its best pace in more than two years, raising hopes about the performance of the American economy during the third quarter of the year.

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