Re: "Does UNP get a lot of business from the auto sector. I'm just wondering what has offset any decline in autos if any?"
Autos biz was 8.5% of UP�s carloads in Q4 of 2006, off only marginally from 8.6% in Q4 of 2005, with auto carload volume virtually unchanged. Strength in coal (up 10%) and grain (up 4%) offset Q4 declines in UP�s other business categories.
The Western rails' auto business has held up much better than that of the Eastern rails. While UP�s 8.5% mix of auto business was unchanged from 2005, and BNI�s 2% mix was off 2% - - in the East, NSC�s 6.5% mix declined 16% from 2005, and CSX�s 6.2% auto mix was off 10%.