Afternoon Coffee: Business Inventories Stagnant in August, Ports See More Empty Containers as Exports Fall

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US business inventories remained unchanged in August, according to the Commerce Department. The news could be problematic for the economy, especially since sales slid 0.6% during August, as well, which represents the largest drop since January.

A third of all containers moving through the Port of Long Beach in September were empty. In all, the port handled 197,076 outbound empty containers, a sign of the negative impact the economic slowdown in China is having on the US.

Uber has released its UberRUSH delivery service in three new cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco. UberRUSH was first launched in New York City in April as a pilot program. 

Speaking of Uber, a 23-year-old man in Maryland recently tried to use an Uber ride as a getaway car after he allegedly robbed a convenience store. The driver of the Uber was later released by police after they determined he had nothing to do with the alleged robbery.


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