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May 13, 2013

Retail Sales Rise in April

Retail sales in the United State edged slightly higher in April after falling the month before, but analysts say the gains are broad-based.

May 8, 2013

Federal Freight Index Up Fifth Month in a Row

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in March from February, rising for the fifth month in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

May 3, 2013

Big Job Gains in April, Reports U.S. Labor Department

Job creation overall in the United States as well as in trucking both posted solid gains in April according to a new report, leading to a surge on Wall Street as well as an increase in the price of oil.

April 24, 2013

Durable Goods Shipments Increase in March but New Orders Slide

The government’s first look at shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods in the U.S. during March shows mixed performance.T he U.S. Commerce Department reports shipments increased in March from the month before by 0.4% to $230 billion. This is the highest level on record, going back to 1992.

April 24, 2013

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 0.9% in March

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index gained 0.9% in March after decreasing 0.7% in February. Tonnage has now increased in four of the last five months.

April 23, 2013

Reports Show Home Sales Slowly Improving

Sales of new homes in the United States continue getting better, while sales of existing ones have dipped just slightly.

April 18, 2013

Index for Future U.S. Economic Activity Falls Slightly

The latest read on where the U.S. economy is heading suggests activity will slow a bit in the coming months.

April 16, 2013

Latest Economic Numbers Better Than Last Week’s

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy are more upbeat than those that came out last week. Industrial production rose in March by 0.4% from the month before due to utilities using more energy and a surge in auto production and new homes starts in the country have hit an annual level not seen in nearly four years.

April 12, 2013

Latest Economic Numbers Disappointing

Retail sales and consumer confidence have taken a downturn, but the reasons for it aren’t clear, while producer prices fell and business inventories have barely moved higher.

April 5, 2013

Overall Job Growth Slows in March, Trucking Jobs Fall

Job growth in the United State stumbled in March, according to a report released Friday morning. Employers added a total of only 88,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Labor Department, about half the number many analysts were expecting.

April 2, 2013

Factory Orders/Shipments and Construction Spending Post Gains

A new full report from the U.S. Commerce Department shows factory goods shipments and orders are continuing a nearly non-interrupted streak of increases, which combined with other evidence bodes well for the near future of trucking.

March 26, 2013

Several Bright Spots in Latest U.S. Economic Numbers

Shipments and orders of manufactured durable goods, increased in February according to numbers released today from the U.S. Commerce Department, while home sales slid and consumer confidence fell in March.

March 20, 2013

Transport Conditions Worsen for Shippers, Improving Rate Prospects for Truckers

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for January slipped an additional two points since the previous report, falling to a negative 7.1, reflecting deteriorating conditions for shippers in the early months of 2013. Translated, it means that motor carriers and other transportation providers have more clout to obtain rate increases.

March 19, 2013

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Edged Higher In February

The American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.6% in February, marking the fourth straigth month of increases -- which hasn't happened since late 2011.

March 13, 2013

Retail Sales Post Big Gain for February

U.S. retail sales rose in February by the greatest level since September. The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday reported a 1.1% increase from the month before with the January figure being upwardly revised to a 0.2% gain. February activity was 4.6% higher than the same time a year ago.

March 6, 2013

Factory Shipments, Orders Reports Better Than They Appear

A new government report on U.S. manufactured shipments and orders for February is the latest in a recent string of economic numbers that sound worse than they really are.

March 6, 2013

TCA Fleet Panel Sees Drop in Driver Applications, But Positive Signs on Economy, Freight, Rates

The driver shortage is already intensifying, with the number of both new and experienced driver applicants down over the last couple of months, as economic signs lead to improved optimism about increases in freight and rates this year, according to a panel discussion of three major truckload executives Tuesday at the Truckload Carriers Conference annual convention in Las Vegas.

March 5, 2013

Steve Forbes Lays Out Policy Changes That Could Jump-Start Economy

Many economists have called the slow 1.5% to 2% GDP growth "the new normal." But Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, calls it "the new abnormal" and believes a few significant policy changes would turn things around.

February 27, 2013

Shipments and Orders of Durable Goods Shrink in January

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell in January, according to a new advance report released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The 1.2% decline from the month before is the first drop in four months.

February 26, 2013

New Reports Show Bright Spots In The Economy

While trucking and the rest of the nation are nervous about the increasing likelihood of federal budget sequestration and its effect on the economy, some of the first numbers out show the year has started off better than expected.

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