Container cargo volume rose 6% in August, compared with that month last year, at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., and the nation's ports are expected to see October volume rise 9.1%, compared with last year, as retailers stock up for the holidays, according to an NRF forecast. Shippers reported strong growth in third-quarter shipments from Asia to North America, while shipments from Asia to Europe remained sluggish.

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