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Weekly Transportation Update: Freight Economy Sinks as Overall Economy Grows

The U.S economy grows in Q2, but the freight economy sinks.

  • Vehicle sales drive increase in real consumer spending in June.
  • Diesel prices rise by the most since October during the latest week.
  • Spot rates fall again for all truck equipment types.
  • Rail carload and intermodal volumes hold steady in the latest week.
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Weekly Transportation Update: Historically Strong Auto Output Falls in Short-Term

Automotive output falls but remains very strong historically.

  • Retail and food service sales change little overall, but individual sectors were mixed.
  • Housing starts fall in June from May’s downwardly revised gain.
  • All truck equipment types see a decrease in spot rates from the prior week.
  • Canadian port labor uncertainty is a headwind for intermodal volume.
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Weekly Transportation Update: Core Consumer Inflation Lowest in Almost Two Years

Core consumer inflation in June was tamest since August 2021.

  • Pricing for freight transportation services fell in June, led by truckload.
  • Diesel prices rise as crude oil hits its highest price since April.
  • Van segment spot rates retreat as expected during the July 4 holiday week.
  • Intermodal and rail carload volumes are hit by the holiday and Canadian port strike.

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Weekly Transportation Update: Employment Growth Cools in June

Employment growth cools a bit as the U.S. adds 209,000 payroll jobs in June.

  • The ISM manufacturing index retreats further in June.
  • CARB and truck manufacturers strike deal on California emissions regulations.
  • Van segments see seasonal rate strength, but flatbed rates fall.
  • Intermodal volume struggles due to Canadian situation; energy is a drag on rail carload traffic.

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