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March 14, 2018

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Down Again, Inflation in Check

Retail sales in the U.S fell for the third straight month in February, according to new government numbers, pointing to slower economic growth in the first quarter. Separate reports about inflation showed it cooled at both the retail and wholesale levels.

February 16, 2018

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Lags, but Homes, E-Commerce, Consumer Sentiment Rise

Several recent economic indicators, with the exception of a measure of the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities production, have all moved higher. That indicates economic activity in the first month to month and a half of 2017 is still very much alive, despite recent concerns about the future following stock market gyrations.

February 14, 2018

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Jump as Retail Sales Drop

Prices at the retail level jumped more than expected during January, raising concerns about rising inflation as well as interest rates, while a separate reported showed one of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy declined by the most in nearly a year.

February 8, 2018

Economic Watch: Retailers Expect 2018 to be Another Banner Year

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy is expected to grow between 3.8% and 4.4% this year over 2017, according to a new economic forecast from the trade group the National Retail Federation.

January 29, 2018

Trucking Aftermarket Poised for Growth Through 2022

In 2017 the U.S. aftermarket for Class 6-8 trucks and trailers grew to $30.4 billion and it could be poised for growth through 2022.

January 12, 2018

Economic Watch: Annual Retail Sales Best in 3 Years, Inflation Threat Eases

Retail sales ended 2017 on a high note, while price inflation at both the retail and wholesale levels are of so little threat to the economy, some analysts are wondering if they will keep a lid on planned interest rate hikes.

January 12, 2018

Commentary: The E-Commerce Road has its Ups and Downs

Peak e-commerce season is stretching the limits of the nation's freight and package handling capabilities. Commentary by Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

January 2, 2018

Online Retailers Averaged 1 Million Returns in December

UPS is expecting a record 1.4 million returns on Jan. 3 after averaging more than 1 million returns every day before Christmas in December.

December 15, 2017

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Retail Sales Post Solid Gains

The amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines, and utilities posted its third straight monthly increase in November, according to newly released figures, while separate reports showed manufacturing increasing even more last month while retail sales are surging.

November 17, 2017

Economic Watch: Housing, Industrial Production, E-Commerce Sales Improve

The U.S. housing market improved in October following some ups and downs earlier in the year, while industrial production jumped in part due to increased manufacturing. And e-commerce retail sales continued booming in the third quarter.

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.

November 14, 2017

Economic Watch: Estimated 164 Million Hitting Stores Thanksgiving Weekend

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner, and two out of every three Americans are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new report. And that means a lot of freight moving by trucks.

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.

August 17, 2017

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Slips as E-Commerce Jumps

New economic reports this week paint a picture of a U.S. economy that continues to gain momentum following a slow start to the year, due in part to increased e-commerce – despite some bumps in the road for manufacturing and housing.

August 15, 2017

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Push GDP Hopes Higher

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy shifted into high gear in July, posting its biggest gain in seven months, according to a new Commerce Department report.

August 11, 2017

Imports Expected to Hit New Monthly, Annual Records

Boosted by continuing retail sales growth, August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports and 2017 is on track to set a new annual high, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Friday by the trade group the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the consulting firm Hackett Associates.

July 19, 2017

Economic Watch: Concerns Remain Despite Housing Rebound

Housing starts in the U.S. bounced back, according to a new Commerce Department report, but concerns remain about the future of the housing market as well as the wider economy.

July 14, 2017

How the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Change Trucking

Opportunities are on the horizon for fleets willing to embrace new market trends and rethink some aspects of their operations, according to logistics experts Tom Finkbiner and Ted Prince, founders of Tiger Cool Express.

July 5, 2017

The Power of Consumer Perception and How Fleets Can Benefit

If your company makes infant car seats, you'd be insane to ship those products in any truck today that isn't equipped with the latest and greatest vehicle safety systems available. Jack Roberts talks about the public-image implications of the relationship between shippers and fleets in his Truck Tech blog.


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