Transportation prices set record for rate of decline in February (freightwaves.com)
Transportation prices fell in February at the fastest rate recorded in the six-and-a-half-year history of a monthly survey of supply chain executives.
The Logistics Managers’ Index (LMI) registered a reading of 36.1 for transportation costs in February, 5.9 percentage points lower than in January and below the prior record, which was established in December.
A level below 50 indicates contraction while one above signals expansion.
The report said the rate declines were “a little more pronounced in the later portions of the month than in the beginning of the month.”
“February is generally a low point seasonally due to the consumer spending hangover from the holidays in the U.S. combined with slowness in imports due to Chinese New Year, and that was certainly reflected this year,” the report stated.
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