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November retail up over 2010

U.S. retail and food service sales in November were 0.2% higher than October and 6.7% higher than November 2010 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to advance estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales by nonstore retailers outpaced the overall growth, rising 13.9% year over year. The strongest increase in sales from October to November was at electronics and appliance stores, where sales were up 2.1%. Total sales for September through November were up 7.4% from the same period last year.


Manufacturing orders surge

ISM’s New Orders index for the manufacturing sector was 56.7% in November, a jump of 4.3 points from the October level. November was the second straight month for growth after several months of mild contraction. The improvement suggests an increase in near-term shipments.


Truck loadings up slightly in November

(Seasonally Adjusted: 2000=100)

Truck Loadings Chart Untitled 1Truck loadings were 0.19% higher in November than in October, according to the FTR Loadings Index. Compared to November 2010, the index is up 4.91% – the highest year-over-year increase in nearly a year.





Truck Gauge Untitled 1Trailer and container loads for U.S. railroads were up 3.8%in November.

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Trucking adds jobs in November

Jobs ChartPreliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the for-hire trucking industry added 3,600 new payroll workers in November. The payroll employment level of nearly 1.29 million is up by 62,600 jobs, or 5.1%, since the bottom in March 2010.









Better days ahead

About 56% of the participants in Randall-Reilly’s monthly MarketPulse survey expect that business conditions – adjusting for seasonality – will be better in six months than they were in November. And only 2.2% believe conditions will be worse.

SAME — 42%

BETTER — 53%

WORSE — 2%