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104 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE MARCH 3.2014 QUARTERLY SHIPPER OUTLOOK SPECIAL REPORT WOLFE RESEARCH OFFERS an optimistic view of freight growth for 2014. U.S. shippers surveyed by the research analyst in the past have predicted their freight volume growth would outpace the expansion of the general economy, only to be disappointed. But this time, the optimistic expectations for 2014 might pan out, considering twice as many shippers told the fi rm that their safety stocks were down year-over-year and many saw a year- over-year uptick in peak-season traffi c in 2013. Inventory restocking could drive freight growth this year, shipper survey reveals By Mark Szakonyi A BRIGHTER BIG PICTURE

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