Freight Index falls in December
Feb 14, 2008 10:24 AM
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 1.3 percent in December from its November level, turning down after two monthly increases in the largest monthly decline since November 2006, the Department of Transportationís Bureau of Transportation Statistics has reported.
The December decline dropped the freight index into negative territory in 2007, declining 0.1 percent for the year. Increases in October and November turned the index positive after being down for the first nine months of the year through September.
The 0.1 percent decline in 2007 was the second consecutive annual decline. In 2006, the index declined 2.2 percent.
The December decline was the first after the index rose a combined 1.9 percent in the previous two months. At 108.8, the freight TSI is down 3.8 percent from its peak of 113.1 achieved in November 2005 and up 0.7 percent in the two months from its recent low of 108.1 in September 2007.
The freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in the output of services provided by the for-hire freight transportation industries. The index consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.
The December freight TSI of 108.8 was 0.1 percent lower than the December 2006 level and remains 2.2 percent below the December 2005 level and 2.0 percent lower than the December 2004 level.
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