US Economy News

Commentary

High inventories impede GDP growth and depress freight demand, and often are seen as an omen of economic downturn and recession. Inventory-to-sales ratios “are approaching pre-recession levels, with retail, manufacturing and wholesale all trending in the wrong direction,” Deutsche Bank Markets Research said in a late-January report.

News & Analysis

08 Aug 2016
IHS economist: the volume of containerized U.S. imports will grow at a slower pace than expected in 2016.
The U.S. economy created 255,000 jobs in July, a higher number than expected and although trucking employment has declined since 2015, it is still slightly above its pre-recession peak.
05 Aug 2016
Does an uptick in trucking jobs indicate the trucking market is stabilizing?
28 Jul 2016
The slight year-over-year drop in quarterly revenue was the first for ODFL since 2009.
Like competitor Swift Transportation, Werner is reducing its fleet capacity.
22 Jul 2016
The fifth-largest U.S. truckload carrier is cutting some shippers loose as they seek deep rate cuts in a soft market.
High inventories continue to drag on demand for trucking and transportation services.
19 Jul 2016
Tonnage drops in June despite other improving indicators for trucking.
15 Jul 2016
Economic indicator shows no sign of inventory destocking in May.
It is difficult to project how the U.S. container trade will develop this year because of difficult comparisons to 2015 rooted in the West Coast labor dispute at that time.
12 Jul 2016
U.S. containerized imports should slightly rise over the second half of 2016.
06 Jul 2016
Californian merchandise exporters struggled in May.
29 Jun 2016
The state of U.S. freight growth in 2016 and perhaps next year hangs on inventories.
29 Jun 2016
U.S. containerized poultry exports are set for a recovery after a miserable 2015.