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Retail Sales Ride The Rails
Rail Intermodal Traffic Mirrors Retail Sales


From bicycles to washing machines, clothing to books, orange juice to french fries, railroads haul the things people purchase in stores across America. Rail intermodal volume, in particular, is closely correlated to retail sales because much of what consumers find on store shelves traveled on an intermodal train.

Source: Census Bureau, AAR
Intermodal data are seasonally adjusted
weekly average originations