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February 1, 2018

Economic Watch: Reports Show 2018 Started Near Last Year's Higher Pace

A measure of the U.S. manufacturing sector released Thursday is just one in a raft of new economic reports that showed 2018 began with a similar pace to that seen when 2017 wrapped up.

January 29, 2018

4th Quarter Freight Spending Surges as Shipments Ease

A measure of the nation’s freight market showed gains in both spending and shipments during the fourth quarter of 2017, but the strength of the advances differed widely.

January 26, 2018

Economic Watch: GDP Slows in Final Quarter, Durable Goods Remain Strong

The nation’s overall economic performance slowed in the final quarter of last year but turned in better performance for all of 2017 than it did for all of 2016, according to new Commerce Department figures.

January 25, 2018

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Posts 13th Straight Monthly Gain

An increase in the price of crude oil is largely responsible for another jump in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its two North American Free Trade Agreement partners, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

January 25, 2018

Economic Watch: Economy Continues to Show Improvement, New Homes Sales Solid

A barometer of where the U.S. economy is headed over the next several months showed it continued to increase, according to a report released on Thursday, while a separate one revealed sales of new homes in the U.S. tumbled in the final month of last year but improved for all of 2017.

January 24, 2018

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Starts Strong, Home Sales up Last Year

Manufacturers reported a strong start to 2018, with production volumes and incoming new work both rising at faster rates than seen at the end of last year. A separate report showed while existing home sales improved last year, they ended 2017 on a lower note.

January 24, 2018

Trucking Economy Forecast Looks Good for 2018

Truckable Economic Activity is expected to continue at its current pace, according to Dr. Bob Dieli, president and founder of RDLB Inc., speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

January 23, 2018

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 3.7% Last Year

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased by 3.7% overall in 2017 compared to the year before, marking its largest annual gain since 2013.

January 22, 2018

Truckload Linehual, Intermodal Rates Continue Increasing

A measure of truckload linehaul rates has hit a new record high while a separate gauge of intermodal shipping rates showed it posted its 15th straight increase.

January 19, 2018

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Hits 6-Month Low, Housing Starts Fall

Consumers are feeling less upbeat, due to uncertainty about economic conditions following the tax overhaul recently signed into law, according to a new report. Meanwhile the level of new home construction last year was the best in a decade despite a December decline.

January 17, 2018

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Biggest Annual Gain in 7 Years

A surge in industrial production for December exceeded expectations, but the strength was largely a function of a weather-related utilities spike. A separate report showed a lot of optimism remains when it comes to the market for newly built homes.

January 12, 2018

Economic Watch: Annual Retail Sales Best in 3 Years, Inflation Threat Eases

Retail sales ended 2017 on a high note, while price inflation at both the retail and wholesale levels are of so little threat to the economy, some analysts are wondering if they will keep a lid on planned interest rate hikes.

January 12, 2018

Driver Pay: Making the Grade

The rising economy has whipped up the driver shortage and turnover situation to a froth that can only be smoothed by paying long-haul drivers considerably more — and more smartly.

January 11, 2018

New Conference Puts Focus on Freight Technology

FreightWaves is launching its inaugural Transparency18 conference, focusing on freight technology and the economy. The conference is set to take place from May 22-23 in Atlanta, Ga.

January 10, 2018

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Another Record High

The amount of freight moved by the U.S. for-hire transportation industry hit a second consecutive all-time high in November, according to new Transportation Department figures.

January 9, 2018

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Expected to Jump Less This Year

The outlook for national average on-highway diesel prices is for them to be higher this year and in 2019 than they were last year and in 2016, but they should at least be fairly stable during this time, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Department.

January 8, 2018

Economic Watch: Retail Imports Show 7% Annual Growth

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports grew 7% during 2017 over 2016 as retail sales continued to increase and the industry wrapped up the year with a strong holiday season, according to new Global Port Tracker figures released by the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, and Hackett Associates, an international maritime consulting, research and advisory firm.

January 5, 2018

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Activity, and a Possible Drag on GDP

The number of overall job additions in the U.S. slowed in December as the trucking industry shed some positions, while separate reports show a bit of softening in the factory sector, amid a new concern about the overall economic performance in the final part of 2017.

January 4, 2018

Trucking Helps U.S.-NAFTA Freight Value Post 12th Straight Monthly Gain

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners posted its 12th consecutive year-over-year increase in October, according to newly released Transportation Department figures.

January 3, 2018

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Scores Record High

Two readings of the nation’s manufacturing sector showed solid increases in December with one showing the strongest growth in nearly three years while another report showed construction spending hit a record high.


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