UPS ducks shipping forecast

| Monday, November 17, 2008

For the first time in a decade, UPS this year is not forecasting what the busiest shipping day of the year will be. It’s the first year since the world’s largest shipping carrier went public in 1999 that it won’t be making a projection for its peak shipping day.

In 2007, UPS delivered more than 22 million packages on its peak shipping day, which was Dec. 19, and it hired about 60,000 seasonal employees.

Bloomberg quoted a company spokesman as saying the sagging U.S. economy makes it too hard to predict which day will see the most activity.

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