Port Traffic Cools

The folks who run the seaport in Wilmington, NC, are seeing a drop-off in traffic:

Tonnage of bulk and breakbulk cargo handled at the Port of Wilmington – including lumber, cement, fertilizer and other products – dropped nearly 9 percent last year, or more than 200,000 tons. Port officials say it’s a sign of a slumping U.S. economy and housing market, as well as a weak U.S. dollar.