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February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Increase at Slower Pace

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons.

A measure of where the American economy is headed three to six months down the road registered another monthly increase but the pace was slower than in recent months.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder, Consumer Confidence Ease

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell two points to a level of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Building

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slump, Container Volume to Increase

U.S. retail sales slumped in January for the second straight months, falling 0.8% from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report and double the amount forecast by many economists.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Stable, Remains Near Record High

U.S. DOT Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2009 - December 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The latest reading on freight movements in the U.S. shows the amount carried by the for-hire transportation industry was virtually unchanged in December from November, failing to rise after five consecutive months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Spending, Shipments Decline from Month Before, Up Over 2014

North American shipment volumes and total spending on freight both dropped in January, according to the Cass Freight Index, but they were also at their highest level for the month in at least three years.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Posts Near 5% Annual Increase

Graphic: IANA

Significant mid-year gains, paired with across-the-board growth in the final quarter of last year, contributed to strong overall intermodal freight performance in 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Contributes Little to Overall January Employment Gain

According to the U.S. Labor Department, 257,000 jobs were added last month, while total jobs gains in December were revised upward to 329,000 from 252,000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shipments, New Orders Drop

A full report on activity at U.S. factories in December shows drops in both shipments and new orders, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Manufacturing Drop; Construction Rises

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Consumer spending during December posted its biggest drop since September 2009, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Sentiment

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks See Most of Cross-Border Freight Increase

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: November 2013 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show the amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its Canadian and Mexican neighbors edged higher by just 0.1% in November from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Mixed; New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Higher

Shipments of U.S. manufactured durable goods, those designed to last three years or more, rebounded in December but new orders turned in its worst performance since August, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Construction Drops in December, Up for 2014

Graphic: Dodge Data and Analytics

New construction starts in December retreated 16% from the month before totaling $568.2 billion, according to construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics, but posted another annual gain.

Tags: Economy, Construction

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Leading Indicators Rise

One of the first looks at how the economy is doing in the New Year shows a further upturn in business conditions across the U.S. manufacturing sector, but the overall rate of improvement eased further from last August’s peak.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2014 Housing Starts Best Since 2007

The U.S. housing market showed its best signs of recovery last year, well above 2013’s level, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Unchanged in December, Up 3.5% in 2014

Graphic: ATA

A new report shows the amount of freight moved in the final month of last year was unchanged from the month before but posted a healthy gain for all of last year.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Optimism Near 9-Year High

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes declined just one point to 57, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Home Building

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation, Industrial Production Down; Consumer Sentiment High

Graph: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer prices fell 0.4% in December from the month before, according to new U.S. Labor Department report, the biggest decline in six years.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Performing Well Despite December Decline

A new report shows freight shipments and expenditures in shipping fell in the final month of 2014 but posted gains for the entire year.

Tags: Economy, Research, Cass Freight Index

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Price Index Sinks, Core Prices Up

Prices at the wholesale level fell in December from the month before, the biggest drop since October 2011, due in large part to declining fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2009 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation sector shows it rose 0.8% in November from the month before, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight Index

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop in December, Increase Overall for Year

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Retail sales in the U.S. fell in December by the largest amount in nearly a year, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Job Growth Best Since 1999

Unemployment in the U.S. continued declining in 2014, the best year for job growth since 1999, according to new Labor Department figures. However, wages fell and more people left the labor force.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

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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.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

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