Rising factory-input shipments suggest a slowdown is easing

08/27/2010 | Journal of Commerce, The

Railroads are shipping increased loads of key raw materials, suggesting that a slowdown in shipments of manufacturing-related commodities earlier this summer might have ended. Overall freight traffic dipped in the week that ended Aug. 21 to 381,269 shipments from a week-ago level of 383,135, according to the Association of American Railroads. But key manufacturing inputs such as scrap metal and metallic ores are on the rise.

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