U.S. economic activity continued to â€œexpand moderatelyâ€� between mid-November early January, but demand for transportation services was mixed, the Federal Reserve said.
Fed districts based in Cleveland, Atlanta and Kansas City, Mo., saw â€œstable to slowingâ€� demand for shipping services, the Fed said in its latest â€œbeige bookâ€� report, released Wednesday.
The Richmond, Va., district was one where trucking firms saw an increase in demand.
In the Cleveland district, demand for freight transportation was stable during the report period, while in Atlanta, freight volume had level after increases earlier in the year.
Kansas City noted that transportation activity was higher than a year earlier, but had slowed from previous reporting periods.
In Dallas, business was mixed in freight transportation, but mostly positive, the fed said.
The Fed releases its beige book report eight times a year. Wednesdayâ€™s report, which covered the period of Nov. 20 to Jan. 3, was prepared by the Boston Fed.
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