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.
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25 May 2016
Higher U.S. diesel prices and fuel surcharges may threaten transportation savings.
25 May 2016
Commodities traditionally dominate U.S. containerized exports in terms of volume, but the stars are rarely aligned for U.S. exporters.
24 May 2016
U.S. containerized exports rose in the first quarter of the year for the first time after six successive quarters of decline.
19 May 2016
Despite "positive" economic indicators, freight volumes seem stuck at a "standstill."
13 May 2016
High levels of inventory continue to depress freight demand and help create excess truck capacity.
09 May 2016
Shipments of smaller aircraft declined in the first quarter worldwide, as business demand dropped.
06 May 2016
Trucking hiring is bumping against a post-recession ceiling as unemployment drops, construction wages rise.
05 May 2016
Truckload carriers are struggling to bring capacity in line with demand, as an increase in the first-quarter JOC.com Truckload Capacity Index shows.
19 Apr 2016
Freight volumes sputtered in March, climbing 1.4 percent from February and dropping 1.5 percent year-over-year, while shipper spending on transportation dropped 1 percent from February and was down 7 percent from March 2015, according to the Cass Freight Index.
18 Apr 2016
U.S. retail sales may have dropped in March, but demand for toys, especially those related to Disney’s hit movie Frozen, created a surge in containerized toy imports and boosted sales for Hasbro.