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Stronger Freight Demands Lifting U.S. Inventories 

US business inventories are rising amid signs freight is flowing more freely through supply chains, rather than piling up in high stacks of goods at warehouses. Total business sales increased 2 percent in December from November and 5.2 percent year-over-year, the US Census Bureau said Wednesday. Although business inventories rose .4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, the inventory-to-sales ratio dropped from 1.38 to 1.35, which is a sign that goods sold faster. US businesses saw the biggest monthly inrease in sales in six years in December, as consumers finished a weak 2016 on a strong note. The combined value of distributor and manufatcurer sales reached 1.365 trillion, compared with $1.288 trillion in December 2015.
                                                               
                                                                 

Coming Soon to a Road Near You
Driverless Trucks: Coming to a Road Near You. From completely driverless big rigs to platooned trucks that could be manned by a single driver and eventually automated, the testing is underway. “This is not the far future,” said Xiao Yun Lu. “This is the near future.”
Spring Forward
Reminder: Daylight Savings Time, March 12. With Spring officially just a few weeks away, it's time to wind your clocks forward. In the fall, you're going to get an extra hour of sleep. But right now, you've got to give up that extra hour. It's time to spring forward! 






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