Sunday, January 21, 2018
Business
Good surprise! Retails sales foil prediction, rise 0.3 percent

Good surprise! Retails sales foil prediction, rise 0.3 percent

WASHINGTON — Retail sales posted a surprising increase in February as consumers did not let major snowstorms stop them from storming the malls. The advance, the biggest since November, provided hope that the recovery from the Great Recession is gaining momentum.

Feb. rail traffic affected by snow in East; ‘prospects brighter’

Feb. rail traffic affected by snow in East; ‘prospects brighter’

WASHINGTON — U.S. freight railroads in February saw a 1.5 percent decline in carloads compared with the same month last year and a decline of 15.6 percent compared with the same month in 2008, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Fleet One supports U.S. troops through Operation Homefront

Fleet One supports U.S. troops through Operation Homefront

NASHVILLE — Fleet One says it is proudly showing its American pride by offering the Operation Homefront fuel card to customers who are searching for a tangible way to support U.S. troops while saving money on their fuel expenses. When a driver fills up with the Operation Homefront fuel card, Fleet One will make a donation directly to the organization, up to $250,000 every year.

Trade deficit shrinks as auto and oil imports drop

Trade deficit shrinks as auto and oil imports drop

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly shrank in January, reflecting a big drop in imports of oil and foreign cars. American exports also fell, a potential blow to hopes that the economic recovery will be aided this year by U.S. sales abroad.

DOT freight measure up slightly in Jan., still at low for month

DOT freight measure up slightly in Jan., still at low for month

WASHINGTON — The Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.4 percent in January from its December 2009 level, rising after the index was unchanged in December, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported.

Quality Distribution 4Q profit falls as sales drop

Quality Distribution 4Q profit falls as sales drop

TAMPA, Fla. — Tanker carrier Quality Distribution Inc. said Wednesday its fourth-quarter earnings fell on lower sales and one-time expenses.

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