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November 20, 2013

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Pop, Consumer Prices Drop

Despite a partial government shut down last month, resulting in hundreds of thousands of people being out of work and with no paychecks, retail sales in the U.S. unexpectedly increased.

November 12, 2013

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

FTR's Noel Perry discussed the role of regulatory shocks in capacity and freight rates, plus the economic backdrop to what's going on in the industry, in FTR's recent State of Freight conference call.

November 8, 2013

Economic Watch: Strong October Job Growth, Consumer Spending Edge Higher

UPDATED -- A new U.S. Labor Department report shows there was a net gain of 204,000 jobs in the country during October, far more than economists were predicting, while trucking added just a few jobs.

November 7, 2013

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Rate Jumps

A new report shows the American economy expanded in the third quarter of the year at a surprisingly higher rate than expected.

November 6, 2013

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Indicators Increase

Conditions for the American economy are improving and may continue doing so, according to a new report out from one private research group.

November 5, 2013

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing and Manufacturing Sectors Improve

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in October for the 46th consecutive month, according to the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management Report On Business.

November 4, 2013

Economic Watch: October Auto Sales Jump

Sales of new automobiles in the United States increased 10.6% in October from the same time a year ago.

November 1, 2013

Economic Watch: U.S. Manufacturing Expands in October

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, according to the nation's supply executives in a survey by the Institute of Supply Management.

October 30, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Remain Fairly Stable

At least there is one thing that’s not a worry when it comes to the American economy…inflation. The U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index increased only 0.2% in September from the month before.

October 29, 2013

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence and Producer Prices Decline

Retail sales moved 0.1% lower in September from August but were 3.2% higher from the same time in 2012, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

October 28, 2013

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Rise

Industrial production in the United States increased in September, posting its biggest gain in seven months. This follows a report Friday showing shipments of manufactured durable goods hit their highest level on record going back to 1992 -- but consumer confidence took a nosedive.

October 22, 2013

Economic Watch: Unemployment Dips Overall and for Trucking

The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.

October 21, 2013

Survey Says: Hours of Service Top Trucking Industry Concern

ORLANDO -- The changes to the federal commercial driver hours of service rules that went into effect July 1 caused the issue to top the American Transportation Research Institute's annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives, truck drivers, trucking industry suppliers and government.

October 20, 2013

'Eyes on the Economy' Panel Examines 'OK' Economy

The economy and freight continues to chug along in an "OK" mode, while stagnant capacity and new and pending regulations put the industry "on the cusp of a capacity crunch" if the economy speeds up, according to a panel of economic and industry experts at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention Sunday.

October 20, 2013

Scenes from 2013 ATA Management Conf. & Exhibition

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference and Exhibition began on Sunday in sunny (but very humid) Orlando, Fla. Here is a just a sampling of what’s been going on. For the latest news from the show go to www.truckinginfo.com/list/tag/ata2013.aspx and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hdtruckingPhotos by Evan Lockridge.

October 14, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Drops Again

With the partial shutdown of the U.S. government and the prospect the U.S. will default on its financial obligations, consumers don’t feel that good about the future, at least economically speaking, but they could also be doing a whole lot worse.

October 10, 2013

Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4

Freight costs continued to rise in September, showing the largest month-to-month increase since March, but it's not due to a raise in rates. Meanwhile, North American shipment volumes also rose for the second month in a row, according to the Cass Freight Index.

October 2, 2013

Economic Watch: September Auto Sales Slip

A more than two-year streak in U.S. auto sale gains came to an end in September, but don’t read too much into the decline, say analysts. Early estimates show new sales fell 4% in September compared to the same time a year ago, to a little more than 1.1 million vehicles.

September 30, 2013

Stories You May Have Missed

With the government shutdown on one coast, the stranglehold of emissions regulations on the other, and a look at trucking efforts to thwart drug smugglers, trucking's been in the general media this past week. Read more in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

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.

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