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Inflation tame in 2009, but consumers are squeezed

Inflation tame in 2009, but consumers are squeezed

WASHINGTON — Consumer inflation was tame in 2009, with prices rising 2.7 percent. Yet families felt squeezed as their spending power sank in the face of falling wages, job losses and higher prices for energy, medical care and education.

Consumer inflation tame at 2.7%, but wages don't keep up

Consumer inflation tame at 2.7%, but wages don't keep up

WASHINGTON — Consumer inflation was tame in 2009, with prices rising 2.7 percent. Yet families felt squeezed as their spending power sank in the face of falling wages, job losses and higher prices for energy, medical care and education.

Retail sales sink, jobless claims rise

Retail sales sink, jobless claims rise

WASHINGTON — Retail sales unexpectedly fell in December, leaving 2009 with the biggest yearly drop on record and highlighting the formidable hurdles facing the economy as it struggles to recover from the deepest recession in seven decades.

Class 8 sales post best result of 2009 in December

Class 8 sales post best result of 2009 in December

Heavy duty trucks registered easily the best sales of 2009 in December, jumping 30.2 percent from the month before — and November had set previous the standard for the year. December also marked the fourth consecutive month-to-month improvement as truck buyers eyed savings ahead of the more costly, 2010 emissions-compliant equipment.

DOT freight measure rises in November, still behind for year

DOT freight measure rises in November, still behind for year

WASHINGTON — The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.8 percent in November from its October level, rising after two consecutive monthly declines, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported.

2009 U.S. rail traffic falls to lowest level in 21 years

2009 U.S. rail traffic falls to lowest level in 21 years

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday that 2009 saw total carload traffic on U.S. railroads at its lowest levels since at least 1988, when the AAR’s data series began.

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