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April 27, 2007

Economic Growth Slowest in Four Years

Real domestic product increased at an annual rate of just 1.3 percent in the first quarter, the slowest since first quarter 2003, according to advance estimates released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

April 26, 2007

Durable Goods Orders, Shipments Rise in March

March orders for manufactured durable goods increased 3.4 percent, marking the fourth increase in the last five months, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

April 26, 2007

Fed Reports Modest Growth for Most Areas

Retail sales are generally positive across the country but manufacturing in some areas continues to feel the pinch of weakening home sales, according to the latest Beige Book, a summary of economic condition

April 1, 2007

The Driver Debacle

Trucks are already parked because there are not enough drivers to move them. Labor analysts warn that in a few years the driver crisis will be worse – much worse. This series will give you tools to cope.

March 29, 2007

Q4 Economy Grows 2.5% - Slightly Better than Estimated

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to final estimates by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Earlier BEA estimates put fourth quarter growth at 2.2 percent.

March 26, 2007

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 1.6% in February

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6 percent in February after falling a revised 3.1 percent in January.

March 2, 2007

ISM Reports Slow but Steady Manufacturing Growth

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February, according to the latest Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). "February proved to be a good month

February 28, 2007

Fed Chairman Says U.S. Economy On Track

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that U.S. economic growth is in line with expectations and there's still a reasonable possibility that we'll see a rebound later this year.

February 27, 2007

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Drops in January

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3.6 percent in January after surging a revised 6.2 percent in December.

February 14, 2007

Inflation Slowing But Fed Still Worried

There are signs that inflation is moderating, but a wary Federal Reserve Board isn't likely to adjust interest rates any time soon, according to testimony by Chairman Ben Bernank

February 1, 2007

Fed Leaves Rates Alone

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will leave interest rates where they are, at least for the time being. "Recent indicators have suggested somewhat firmer economic growth

January 31, 2007

Economic Growth Outpaces Expectations

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006, outpacing predictions by most economists, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

January 9, 2007

Fed Predicts Moderate but Good Economic Growth

Conditions appear to be in place for a good year for the U.S. economy, which is likely to be marked by moderate, sustainable growth and lower inflation, Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman Donald Kohn recently told the Atlanta Rotary Club.

January 9, 2007

Manufacturing Bounces Back in December

Manufacturing activity expanded in December following a decline the previous month, according to the latest manufacturing Report on Business issued by the Institute of Supply Management.

January 4, 2007

Manufacturing Orders Up Slightly in November

New orders for manufactured goods in November were up 0.9 percent from October, according to the U.S. Commerce Dept. This followed a 4.5 percent decrease in October.

December 28, 2006

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Plunges 3.6 Percent in November

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted for-hire Truck Tonnage Index plunged 3.6 percent in November after falling 1.9 percent in October.

December 20, 2006

GDP, Inflation Slower in Third Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) slowed during the third quarter of 2006 and inflation abated, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP increased 2.2 percent compared to 2.6 percen

December 13, 2006

Retail Sales Rise in November

November retail sales were 1 percent higher than the previous month and up 5.6 percent from last year, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Excluding automobiles, retail sales were up 1.1 percent

December 13, 2006

Housing Market: Worst is Yet to Come?

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, but even if sales are turning around, the worst is yet to come, say Global Insight analysts Patrick Newport and Margaret Rolley. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Market Composite Index,

December 12, 2006

Free Shipping is Key for Online Retailers

Shipping costs are a big factor in the decision to buy online, according to a study done by The Conference Board and TNS, a market research firm. More than 90 percent of consumers surveyed sai


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