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November 15, 2017

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Prices Edge Higher

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy unexpectedly improved again in October, increasing hopes for a strong overall fourth quarter economic performance. A separate report showed just a minimal rise in inflation, but it’s likely strong enough to led the Federal Reserve to push interest rates higher next month.

October 13, 2017

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump; Retail Sales and Consumer Sentiment Skyrocket

Retail prices recorded their biggest hike in eight months in September, according to a new report, while separate ones show the best improvement in retail sales in more than two years amid consumer sentiment hitting its highest level since 2004.

September 15, 2017

Economic Watch: New Figures Showing Storm Damage

Retail sales in the U.S. reversed course in August along with industrial production, both taking a hit due to due to recent storms, as price inflation reared its head, while consumers appeared to be ever resilient.

June 14, 2017

Economic Watch: Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again; Retail Sales, Inflation Ease

Despite retail sales falling by the biggest amount in 16 months and a dip in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the third consecutive quarter as the central bank signaled its confidence in the U.S. economy.

June 2, 2017

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in 16 Years as Trucking Jobs Dip

U.S. job growth continued in May with unemployment hitting its lowest level in 16 years, likely paving the way for the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates again in a couple of weeks.

May 12, 2017

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Bounce Back along with Inflation Pressures

Retail sales in the U.S. bounced back in April after falling the month before as two readings of inflation also rebounded, all raising the prospect that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates again in June.

May 5, 2017

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in a Decade, Factory Orders Move Higher

Unemployment in the U.S. has fallen again, hitting its lowest level in a decade but minus any contribution from trucking in April, according to a new report released Friday. Meanwhile, a separate report shows some improvements in the nation’s struggling manufacturing sector.

April 21, 2017

Economic Watch: Conditions Not as Bad as Recent Hard Numbers Suggest

There are good indications the U.S. economy will further strengthen following recent reports that conditions slowed a bit in the first quarter of the year and at the beginning of the second quarter.

April 14, 2017

What, Me Worry About Higher Interest Rates?

What does last month's interest rate hike by the Fed mean to trucking? Evan Lockridge explores the question in his monthly HDT Econ Watch column.

March 15, 2017

Economic Watch: Fed Pushes Interest Rates Higher Amid Improving Signs

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday increased the nation’s benchmark interest rate for the third time since its first hike in nearly a decade in December 2015, amid evidence of a steady economy and indications of more interest rate increases later this year.

March 6, 2017

Economic Watch: Rising Factory Orders Latest Indicator of Interest Rate Hike

An increase in new factory orders is one of the latest economic signs that the Federal Reserve is moving close to another jump in interest rates, some analysts believe.

February 24, 2017

Economic Watch: Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment Rise as Fed Mulls Rake Hike

There are increasing signs the U.S. economy is gaining momentum in the first quarter of the year with gains in home sales and consumer confidence, but it is also fueling speculation that interest rates could head higher as soon as next month.

December 16, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 21-Month High, Other Indicators Strong

U.S. manufacturers reported a strong end to 2016, with business conditions improving at the fastest pace since March 2015. And separate reports show consumer prices are rising and housing remains strong, despite a pullback from a multi-year high.

December 14, 2016

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

December 2, 2016

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest Since Great Recession

Unemployment in the U.S. continued falling in November, hitting its lowest level since 2007, according to Labor Department figures issued Friday, as the trucking industry also contributed to some of the job additions.

November 17, 2016

Economic Watch: Latest Numbers Make Interest Rate Hike More Likely

New government numbers show housing starts in the U.S. surged in October, as a measure of consumer prices also rose, likely paving the way for the Fed to raise interest rates before the year is out.

November 4, 2016

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment, Factory Activity Up

Employers continued adding jobs in the U.S. during October, according to a new Labor Department report, and trucking was one of many industries that helped push the number higher.

October 28, 2016

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Roars Back, Hits 'Turning Point'

Growth in the U.S. economy accelerated in the third quarter of the year, posting its biggest gain in two years, according to Commerce Department numbers released Friday morning. However, a separate report shows consumer confidence slipped.

October 19, 2016

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump, May Push Interest Rates Higher

While the strength of nation’s homebuilding market has eased just a bit, it remains robust. Meanwhile, a measure of consumer prices show it’s approaching a level the Federal Reserve has said it needs to hit in order to raise interest rates.

October 17, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Pushes Industrial Production Higher

The total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities rebounded last month, posting its best quarterly performance in a year, due in part to increased manufacturing, according to new Federal Reserve figures.

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