Econintersect: Week 36 of 2013 ending 07 September shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Railcar count is up, and intermodal count is up.
- Weekly overall data is up, and but down slightly ignoring coal and grain;
- Four week rolling average rate of growth (compared with the average one year ago) is accelerating, and better than the 4 week rolling average one year ago;
- 13 week rolling average rate of growth (compared with the average one year ago) is accelerating, and better than the 13 week rolling average one year ago;
- 52 week rolling average rate of growth (compared with the average one year ago) is accelerating, and better than the 52 week rolling average one year ago.
This is the seventh week of improving data.
A summary of the data:
Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by motor vehicles and parts with 14,951 carloads, up 21.9 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included farm and food products, excluding grain, with 14,710 carloads, down 8.6 percent.
For the first 36 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,059,348 carloads, down 1.0 percent from the same point last year, and 8,749,141 intermodal units, up 3.6 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 36 weeks of 2013 was 18,808,489 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.1 percent from last year.
USA coal production is up 1.1% same week year-over-year, has become a neutral to positive dynamic on rail.
|This week Year-over-Year||2.2%||6.7%||4.2%|
|Ignoring coal and grain||3.9%|
|Year Cumulative to Date||-1.0%||3.6%||1.1%|
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Current Rail Chart
For the week ended September 07, 2013: