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Santa’s elves cranking out electronics

Manufacturing continued growing in October, but at a slower pace than September, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

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Choosing a business form

There are three main things to consider when you choose a legal form for a business: asset protection, taxation and simplicity.

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Landstar report a good sign for owner-operators

If earnings at Landstar System, the nation’s largest owner-operator carrier, are any indication, owner-operators are having a better year than they did in 2010.

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Retail’s rebound bodes well for holidays

The economy’s still sputtering, but it looks like there will be lots of freight through the holidays. At least consumer goods and other cargo related to retail sales are doing well, based on recent reports.

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Wood production leads September growth

Manufacturing activity, and the economy in general, kept growing in September, though some related measurements tempered that good news. Wood Products was the leading manufacturing category reporting growth. The monthly analysis comes from the Institute for Supply Management, which also notes slower supplier deliveries and a contraction of new orders last month. The Purchasing Managers Index “registered 51.6 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from August, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 26th consecutive ...

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Taking the per diem deduction

Knowing the per diem basics will help you navigate the tax labyrinth.

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Driver’s “beans-and-rice budget” needed in D.C.

Someone who’s experienced his own financial crisis during this period is hot-shot hauler Frank Hagwood.

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Does added hydrogen really boost fuel mileage?

Some research shows that hydrogen slightly improves diesel combustion, but the improvement may not be significant enough to warrant all the equipment necessary to separate it and meter it back in.

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After 50 years, truly independent

The important thing is that the owner-operator has come into his own as a legitimate self-employed business owner able to deal with such opposition.

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Plenty of chrome at Dallas show

There were a record 71 entrants at the Great American Trucking Show Pride & Polish in late August. See video of three contestants.

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