economic indicators

Freight index up 8.4 percent

The index outpaced August 2011 volume by 8.4 percent, the sixth time in 2012 that volume has exceeded prior-year levels.

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New orders accelerate in May, production slows

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 34th consecutive month.

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Growth indices up in April

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded for the 33rd month, and the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month.

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Pulse of Commerce Index rises 0.3 percent in March

The monthly report, based on trucking data, serves as an indicator of the current state and possible future of the economy.

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Dollars and Sense: Expect more pain before any gain

I predict some pickup in freight and rates in this fourth quarter, but the real upward climb will not begin until the second quarter of 2010.

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