Economy Watch

Economy news, data, and analysis with a focus on how changing economic trends can impact the shipping and transportation industries. Our focus on world economy news looks at economic growth and challenges around the world from the United States and China to the United Kingdom and South Africa.

News & Analysis

18 Oct 2016
US shippers may be concerned about trucking rate hikes in 2017 and 2018, but pricing power isn't likely to slip away from them soon.
14 Oct 2016
Falling revenue per tractor and higher equipment and insurance costs will narrow Covenant Transport's third-quarter profits, and the truckload carrier won't be alone.
14 Oct 2016
The impacts of Brexit on the world’s largest trading center for plants and flowers provides a window into how the decision to leave the EU will impact European trade and corporations.
12 Oct 2016
The world’s factory will focus more on domestic consumption, and its citizens will increasingly sate their taste for foreign goods domestically.
07 Oct 2016
After two months of job creation, trucking employment numbers dropped in September, another indication of slow freight demand and excess truckload capacity.
05 Oct 2016
Truckload rates have been declining year-over-year for six months, according to one measure, as US shippers hobbled by a slow economy demand transportation savings.
20 Sep 2016
FedEx raised revenue, profit in its first quarter as owner of TNT Express, despite integration costs following acquisition.
20 Sep 2016
Seasonal adjustments may account, in part, for an unusually strong gain in truck tonnage in "difficult-to-read" August.
09 Sep 2016
Largest US truckload carrier sees increase in demand from contract customers, but rates still down 1 to 1.5 percent.
29 Aug 2016
Trucking companies and freight shippers shouldn't expect a "rally" or "retreat" but a very slow rebound.
24 Aug 2016
A new white paper commissioned by the Van Horne Institute and completed by JOC outlines how Canada can build on its success in creating inland ports.