Jan. 2 2011 08:56 PM

    Wall Street Journal--With about 6 percent of the country's gross domestic product delivered by United Parcel Service, the Atlanta-based company is often seen as a proxy for the U.S. economy. But it looks like the folks with the dark brown trucks are a step ahead: While the economy has been sluggish, all the shipping company's divisions, encompassing areas such as international package delivery and logistical operations, are on track to post profit increases of more than 50 percent from year-ago lows. The snapback in global trade is one reason for the gains. But UPS has also restructured its U.S. business and invested in its hubs to make them more autonomous, lowering labor and other costs.  Read more!