Rail Traffic Improves Sharply in w/e 25 December 2010

December 30th, 2010
in Background, econ_news

Econintersect: Rail traffic for w/e 25 December expanded sharply viewing the data YoY.  Early in 2010, rail's performance YoY was growing.  It stabilized in the middle of the 2Q - and early in the 4th quarter began trending down.  This week the data expanded.  YoY growth increased sharply this week from approximately 2.2% to 27.6%.  Four week rolling average growth increased from 7.6% to 11.7%.

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Total US Rail Traffic

Major Commodity Groups Total Grain Chemicals Food Forest Metals Coal Autos Intermodal
Current Week
Vs. 2009 27.6% 41.4% 17.7% 4.2% 18.0% 39.3% 35.2% 14.0% 25.1%
Vs. 2008 33.8% 86.8% 39.6% 16.9% 30.6% 73.3% 9.4% 73.5% 42.9%
4 Week Rolling Avg.
Vs. 2009 11.7% 9.4% 11.2% (0.2%) 8.3% 24.7% 10.1% (4.6%) 13.6%
Vs. 2008 9.8% 28.0% 25.0% 7.3% 1.5% 33.1% (6.3%) 15.6% 16.6%
Quarter to Date
Vs. 2009 10.0% 6.2% 7.7% (0.5%) 5.4% 31.0% 6.0% (4.7%) 12.9%
Vs. 2008 1.1% 15.1% 12.1% 2.8% (12.0%) 11.2% (9.4%) (5.5%) 6.6%
Year to Date
Vs. 2009 10.2% 11.1% 8.9% 2.4% 4.1% 38.3% 1.2% 17.4% 14.3%
Vs. 2008 (6.9%) (5.1%) (2.3%) (5.3%) (21.9%) (14.6%) (9.7%) (22.5%) (2.1%)

Total Rail Traffic

 

Source: Railfax
















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