Econintersect: Week 09 of 2013 ending March 02 shows same week total rail traffic above 2012 levels according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR):
- Four week rolling average is improving;
- 13 week rolling average is degraded;
- 52 week rolling average is improving.
A summary of the data:
“AAR today also reported gains in rail traffic for the week ending March 2, 2013. U.S. railroads originated 283,819 carloads last week, up 0.2 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,238 units, up 9.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. traffic for the week ending March 2 was 533,057 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent over the same week last year.
Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum products, up 69.5 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic were led by grain, down 22.2 percent.”
USA coal production is down 4.7% same week year-over-year, and the cumulative effect on rail carloads continues to drag traffic down.
|This week Year-over-Year||0.2%||9.7%||4.4%|
|Ignoring coal and grain||7.1%|
|Year Cumulative to Date||-4.0%||7.6%||1.1%|
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Current Rail Chart
For the week ended March 02, 2013: