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December 27, 2007 4:30 PM, EST

Rail, Intermodal Traffic Fall for Week

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Rail carload and intermodal traffic fell for the third week of December compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

Intermodal traffic declined 1.8% to 229,695 trailers and containers, AAR said in its weekly report.

Container volume fell 2.3% to 175,833 units, while trailers dipped 0.2% to 53,862units.

Overall rail carload traffic rose 3.2% from a year ago to 327,876 carloads, the group said.

Railroad volume is considered an important economic indicator. Intermodal traffic, which tends to be higher-valued merchandise than bulk commodities, uses trains for the long haul and trucks for the shorter distance at either end of the trip.