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Weekly Transportation Update: The economy sees solid growth in Q4 as does the freight economy

In the final quarter of 2023, the economy continued its remarkable growth, and this positive trend extended to the freight transportation sector. However, it is important to note that the data pertaining to last week in the freight transportation industry was distorted by the severe winter weather that prevailed across the country. This weather condition led to substantial increases in truck spot rates and had a detrimental impact on rail and intermodal volumes.

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Weekly Transportation Update: Manufacturing output holds steady as automotive continues recovery

The economic indicators released this week presented a mixed picture. While retail sales showed some modest strength in December, industrial production remained stagnant. The housing market faced its own challenges, with declining housing starts and the lowest sales of existing homes since 1995. However, there was a glimmer of hope as mortgage rates dropped to their lowest level since May. Despite this positive development, the market will continue to grapple with tight inventories and high prices.

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Weekly Transportation Update: Consumer inflation ticks up in December but remains fairly cool

The principal economic data released this week showed stable pricing and inflation at the consumer and producer levels, although there were some discrepancies due to variations in gasoline and diesel prices in December. Freight transportation made headlines as the U.S. and allies targeted Houthi rebel positions in Yemen to protect commercial shipping from recent attacks.

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