N. American traffic for april 19 vs april 18 is up almost 5% ... so yes, this looks good for the u.s.
a couple interesting side notes here. autos and auto parts are off. also coal and coke are off. these 2 are often seen as important parts of the economy. but intermodal is up bigtime. (this represents end use consumption?). it is hard to tell how much of this is a catch-up after a bad march.
but at least things are positive for the u.s.a.
traffic is off by 10% for the aussies. in fact every category is down.
and things are down almost 3% for europe. (most of this may be a decline of intermodal in the UK). ( not sure here)