New York Times: The huge volume of goods handled by FedEx makes its shipping trends a bellwether of consumer demand and the economic climate. The value of packages that it handles in its trucks and planes is equivalent to about 4 percent of the United States' gross domestic product and 1.5 percent of global G.D.P. FedEx and U.P.S. are among transportation companies that have been able to pass through higher rates to customers, despite an uneven economic recovery. Read more!