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WEEKLY RAIL SHIPPING: SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT

Below is a twelve-week data compilation of 2009 rail shipping weekly figures compared to 2008. The Delta change illustrates the rate of change between the previous weeks data.
 
It is easy to see the recovery reflected, as all three shipping columns are slowly raising out of extreme negativite territory. Last week I said: “It is also obvious that the rate of change between week-to-week periods is slowing in all three columns. In looking at a slowing rate of improvement, remember two things. One: these are all negative figures. Two: the comparison period last year is the fourth qtr., the worst period of contracting rail shipping.”
 
Obviously, last week the data changed to the upside.   Contributing to this was: grain, chemicals, food, metals and autos. It’s nice to see a number of sectors improving across the board. As these figurers are compared to 2008 and the first quarter of 2008 was pretty bad, therefore the current rail data is looking pretty good, while Long Beach incoming ship containers is still very depressed.    
 
 
RAIL TRAFFIC
2009 COMPARED TO 2008
 
 
 
Yr to Date
 
Current Wk
 
4 Wk Roll Av
DATE
 
Delta
 
Delta
 
Delta
 
 
Change
 
Change
 
Change
12/19/2009
-15.8
0.4
3.8
9.6
-3.4
2.1
12/12/2009
-16.2
0.1
-5.8
-0.9
-5.5
0.4
12/5/2009
-16.3
0.2
-4.9
0
-5.9
1.7
11/28/2009
-16.5
0.2
-4.9
0.4
-7.6
1.8
11/21/2009
-16.7
0.2
-5.3
3.1
-9.4
1.9
11/14/2009
-16.9
0.2
-8.4
2.7
-11.3
1.4
11/7/2009
-17.1
0.2
-11.1
1.5
-12.7
0.9
10/31/2009
-17.3
0.3
-12.6
-0.4
-13.6
0
10/24/2009
-17.6
0.3
-12.2
1.7
-13.6
0.4
11/11/2009
-17.9
0.1
-13.9
1.1
-14
2
10/3/2009
-18
0.1
-15
1.2
-16
1.2
9/26/2009
-18.1
0
-16.2
0
-17.2
0
 


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