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Here is the American Trucking Association press release the article is based on. Of interest is the chart that accompanies the release, so take a quick look. Technically, it makes the situation seem somewhat more dire than the article alone. There is no way to spin this in a positive way.

aww, just try harder, you can always spin things.
how about this:

"When seasonal adjustments are applied, we find that trucking shipments were only slightly down, most likely due to a major storm that happened. Also, it is suspected that since more giftcards are being given as holiday gifts, that many seasonal sales are being pushed out into early January and February when the giftcards get used."

just remember,
there are always ways to spin
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