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September 9, 2016

Economic Watch: September Retail Imports Strong

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be at near-peak levels this month even as retailers work to cope with the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Friday.

September 8, 2016

Earnings Watch: Navistar Third Quarter Loss Grows, Revenue Declines

Navistar International Corp. released fiscal third quarter financials on Thursday morning showing its losses grew in the third quarter of the year while revenue fell 18%, following news on Tuesday that Volkswagen is taking a minority interest in the Illinois-based company.

September 7, 2016

Analysis: How E-commerce and Millennials are Changing Retail and Trucking

Retail sales are important – not just to the overall economy, but also to trucking – and the game is changing big-time, possibly thanks to an entire generation.

September 2, 2016

Economic Watch: Employment Gains Again, Factory Orders Jump

The U.S. economy continued adding more jobs in August but at a slightly slower pace, leading to expectations the Federal Reserve will punt on a possible interest rate hike later this month. A separate report shows factory orders rebounded in the biggest gain in nine months.

September 1, 2016

Celadon Quarterly Profit Sinks 86.5%, Fiscal Year Earnings Also Fall

The trucking operation Celadon Group Inc. on Thursday reported its fiscal fourth quarter and year-end results for 2016 with both showing sharply lower earnings.

September 1, 2016

Economic Watch: New Manufacturing Orders Stagger, Construction Up

There is slight disagreement when it comes to the health of the nation’s manufacturing industry in the wake of two reports issued on Thursday, but not when it comes to what pulled two gauges lower for August.

August 31, 2016

Economic Watch: Positive Indicators Prompt Talk of Interest Rate Hike

U.S. private sector employers reported another month of strong job gains on Wednesday, two days ahead of a government report. With increases in consumer confidence, personal spending and wages, it adds up to talk of a hike in interest rates as soon as September.

August 26, 2016

Cross-Border Freight Value Moves Lower for 18th Straight Month

New Transportation Department figures show June marked the 18th consecutive month the total value of U.S. freight movements with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico declined from the same time a year earlier.

August 24, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Declines, GDP Expectations Lowered

A preliminary look at the nation’s manufacturing sector shows it continues to expand following a recent downturn. Separate reports show expectations of long-term economic growth have been moved lower and the housing market is suffering from low inventory levels.

August 23, 2016

Truck Tonnage Hits Lowest Level in 9 Months

Truck tonnage in July hit its lowest level since October 2015, per the most recent American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index.

August 17, 2016

Commentary: In Search of the Bright Side Following "Brexit"

Opinions vary about the effect on the U.S. of the surprise June vote by residents of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, but you should be aware of some of the potential ramifications.

August 16, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Pushes Industrial Production Higher Amid Other Reports

The output from the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased in July, the largest gain since November 2014, and there also are improvements in housing and e-commerce. But there is disagreement over what the latest inflation numbers mean for interest rates.

August 16, 2016

Cass Freight Index: Shipments, Freight Spending Continue Declines

Overall shipment volumes and pricing are persistently weak, with increased levels of volatility as all levels of the supply chain continue to try to work down inventory levels, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

August 10, 2016

Trucking Pushes For-Hire Shipments Higher for Third Straight Month

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6% in June from the month before, due in part to increased trucking shipments, and is up 0.4% from the same time

August 8, 2016

ATA Report Breaks Down Trucking's Big 2015

The American Trucking Associations has released the latest edition of its almanac of trucking, ATA American Trucking Trends 2016, which showcases industry trends over the last decade.

August 5, 2016

Spot Freight Market Could Be Looking Up

If you’ve given up on the truckload spot freight market or have been using it less because of the past year’s depressed rates, it might be time to give it a second look.

August 5, 2016

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Trade Deficit Jumps

Both trucking and the wider economy added jobs in July, according to new Commerce Department figures, while separate reports show the U.S. trade deficit grew in June to a one-year high and new factory orders fell again.

August 5, 2016

Quarterly Intermodal Growth Streak Ends

Overall intermodal traffic recorded its first volume decline in the second quarter of the year following 25 consecutive quarters of growth, according to a new report from the Intermodal Association of North America.

August 3, 2016

Earnings Watch: XPO Swings Into the Black, USA Reports Loss

Two trucking operations reported their second-quarter financials on Wednesday, with one reporting its first profit since purchasing LTL carrier Con-way last year, while the other reported a loss that was attributed to falling rates and freight volume.

August 1, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Rebound, Construction Declines

After hitting a post-Great Recession low, economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continues to grow, but how strong that growth is depends on which report you read.


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