An index of leading economic indicators rose 0.8% in February, the eighth straight monthly increase, the New York-based Conference Board said.
The gain followed Januaryâ€™s 0.1% gain, but was just short of economistsâ€™ forecasts of a 0.9% rise, Bloomberg reported.
The LEI is closely watched by trucking companies because it forecasts business activity for the next three to six months.
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