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Weekly Transportation Update: Retail sales decline in January, but weather might have been a factor

The unusually severe winter weather in mid-January seems to have impacted key seasonally adjusted economic indicators. The Federal Reserve mentioned winter weather as a contributing factor in industrial production figures.

 

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Weekly Transportation Update: Wholesale inventories rise in December but so do sales

In a relatively quiet week, wholesale inventories held steady and sales increased. Real exports and imports rose in December. Mortgage rates have been stable for eight weeks.  Diesel prices rose for third time in four weeks. And rail traffic strengthened.  

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Weekly Transportation Update: U.S. adds 353,000 payroll jobs, seasonally adjusted, in January

In January, the United States experienced significant growth in job opportunities, with data revisions revealing an even larger increase in December than initially reported. However, upon annual data revision, it became evident that employment in sectors associated with freight had weakened considerably compared to previous indications. Concurrently, there was a sharp decline in the number of active for-hire trucking companies.

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