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May 19, 2015

April Truck Tonnage Decreases, Weakening GDP Outlook

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% to 128.6 in April to the lowest level in a year.

April 29, 2015

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows Dramatically

The pace of economic growth in the U.S. slowed dramatically in the first quarter of the year, according to the first estimate from the Commerce Department. Economists disagree whether bad weather and port problems are largely to blame.

April 13, 2015

Momentum Favors the Economy This Year

Despite the slowing of economic growth late last year on into this year, the economy will pick up steam over the rest of this year, according to the State of Logistics Report Quarterly Update.

March 2, 2015

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Falls Slightly, GDP Revised Downward

U.S. consumer spending fell slightly in January as gasoline prices remained low, according to new Commerce Department report released Monday.

January 30, 2015

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Consumer Sentiment Best in 11 Years

A first look at one of the widest measures of the U.S. economy shows activity cooled in the fourth quarter of 2014.

January 8, 2015

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

December 23, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Wows, Durable Goods Decrease

The value of the production of goods and services in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year increased at an annual rate of 5%, according to a third estimate from the U.S. Commerce Department.

November 25, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Up; Construction Starts, Consumer Confidence Down

UPDATED -- The health of the American economy was much stronger in the third quarter of the year than initially thought, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

October 30, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Continues Growing, Fed Ending Stimulus Program

One of the broadest measures of the health of the American economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of the year.

September 26, 2014

Economic Watch: Second Quarter Economic Growth Surges to 4.6% Pace

This revision to the gross domestic product shows the economy rebounded at its fastest pace in two and a half years and compares to a decline in the first quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%.

August 28, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Upward, Auto Sales Shrink

UPDATED -- The U.S. gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter of the year, according to a second estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department -- its best pace since the third quarter of last year.

August 11, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Moves Higher

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed some positive movement in June after moderating slightly during the prior two months.

July 30, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Surges, July Employment Gains

The U.S. economy surged in the second quarter of the year, bouncing back from its worst performance in five years, according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.

June 25, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Drop Since Great Recession

UPDATED -- The U.S. economy shrank at its steepest rate in the first quarter of the year since first quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession, according to a new estimate from the Commerce Department.

June 6, 2014

Economic Watch: U.S. Employment Grows by 217,000, Trucking Adds 1,500 Jobs

Four consecutive +200k monthly non-farm payroll reports is impressive, but it will take more than headline improvement to thrust the economy above current trend growth. Employment gains thus far have not yet led to wage pressures. Without adequate income growth, the consumer remains limited in spending capacity, which is restraining near-term growth prospects.

June 4, 2014

Economic Watch: Fed's June Beige Book Report says Economy Expanded In All Districts

Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.

June 4, 2014

Economic Watch: April Factory Orders, Construction Spending Rise

New orders for manufactured goods were up for the third consecutive month in April, rising 0.7% to $499.8 billion. April was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 1.5 percent March increase.

May 29, 2014

Economic Watch: First Quarter GDP Falls 1%, Jobless Claims Hit 2007 Level

UPDATED -- The broadest measure of American economic health shows it throttled back in the first quarter of the year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

April 30, 2014

Economic Watch: First Quarter Growth Flat, April Employment Jumps

UPDATED -- The American economy picked up very little steam in the first quarter of the year, recording its weakest reading since the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

March 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and GDP Gain Among Other Indicators

New figures show biggest driver of the U.S. economy increased last month while the overall economy grew more than estimated a month ago.

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