AAR reports annual U.S. rail carload and intermodal gains for the week ending August 12

Carloads rose 0.3% to 268,364, and intermodal containers and units were up 5.1% annually to 280,426.

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that United States rail carload and intermodal volumes saw annual gains for the week ending August 12.

Carloads rose 0.3% to 268,364, which trailed the week ending August 5 at 273,199. And four of the ten carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR saw annual gains, including: coal, up 5,689 carloads, to 94,593; nonmetallic minerals, up 3,779 carloads, to 40,794; and chemicals, up 1,169 carloads, to 31,621. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included grain, down 6,161 carloads, to 19,080; petroleum and petroleum products, down 1,807 carloads, to 8,692; and motor vehicles and parts, down 1,277 carloads, to 16,166.

Intermodal containers and trailers were up 5.1% annually to 280,426, which was below the week ending August 5 at 281,623.

Through the first 32 weeks of 2017, U.S. carloads are up 5.1% at 8,260,255 and intermodal containers and units are up 3.2% at 8,513,076. 

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