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Weekly US coal carload volumes notch 2018's first slide: AAR

US coal carload volumes totaled 85,591 in the week ended February 10,down 4.5% from the previous week, the Association of American Railroads saidWednesday.

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It was the first week-on-week drop in carloads counts of 2018. Volumesclimbed in each of the five previous weeks but remained below year-ago counts. Cumulative volumes the first six weeks of 2018 fell 5.5%, or by about29,000 carloads, from the same period a year ago.

Canadian railroads -- which include the US operations of CanadianNational, which serves several mines in the Illinois Basin, and CanadianPacific -- saw originations slide to 6,193 coal carloads, down 17.5% from theprevious week and down 4.1% from the same week last year.

Canadian coal volumes year to date slipped 0.9% from the same 2017period.

--Jim Levesque, jim.levesque@spglobal.com

--Edited by Lisa Miller, lisa.miller@spglobal.com