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Business, Safety, Government

NAFTA Surface Trade Jumps 15.9%

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Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico jumped 15.9% in July from the same month a year ago, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

September 30, 2008
Fuel, Business, Logistics, Government

Diesel Gains 0.1¢ to $3.959; Oil Falls Below $100 a Barrel

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Diesel fuel’s national average price rose 0.1 cent to $3.959 a gallon, its first increase in 11 weeks, the Department of Energy said Monday.

September 30, 2008
Business, Government

Consumer Confidence Improves in September

U.S. consumer confidence improved in September, according to the latest Reuters/University of Michigan monthly consumer sentiment index, released Tuesday.

September 30, 2008
Business, Logistics, Government

Chicago Manufacturing Index Slows

Manufacturing activity in the Chicago region grew in September, the National Association of Purchasing Management said Tuesday.

September 30, 2008
Business, Fuel, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Government

Demand for Fuel Optimization Product Gains as Pump Prices Increase, TMW Systems Says

ORLANDO, Fla. — A fuel-optimization module acquired 12 months ago has since become a leading growth product for software vendor TMW Systems, which held its annual user conference in the heart of this resort-rich peninsula last week.

September 29, 2008
Government, Business

Personal Spending Unchanged in August

Consumer personal spending was unchanged in August, despite the rise in employment and drop in consumer confidence, the Commerce Department said Monday.

September 29, 2008
Government, Business, Logistics

Gas Drops 4¢ to $3.66, Lundberg Says

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

The national average price of regular gasoline fell 4 cents over the two weeks ended Friday, to $3.66 a gallon, according to the latest Lundberg Survey of filling stations released Sunday.

September 29, 2008
Business, Fuel, Government, Equipment

Experts Cite Driver Behavior as a Key Factor in Extending Service Life, Raising Efficiency

From maintaining optimum air pressure to avoiding jack-rabbit starts, a truck driver’s actions affect not only the life expectancy of tires but also a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

September 29, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Diesel Slips Under $4 a Gallon

Diesel fuel’s national average price fell 6.5 cents to $3.958 a gallon, the 10th straight weekly decline and the first time it has fallen below the $4 mark in almost six months, the Department of Energy said Sept. 22, although a surge in crude oil prices added uncertainty to the outlook.

September 29, 2008

Second-Quarter GDP Revised Downward to 2.8%

The U.S. economy grew at a slower pace than originally estimated in the second quarter, expanding by 2.8%, the Commerce Department said Friday.

September 26, 2008