The Stifel Nicolaus Logistics Confidence Index rose for the second consecutive month in December according to the latest survey undertaken by Transport Intelligence. The index for the current and expected situation combined increased 0.6 points to 48.0 compared with 47.4 in November. The overall increase was driven by an improvement in the current situation for both the air and sea freight indices, although the increase in sea freight was more pronounced. In terms of the outlook for the next six months, volumes are still expected to improve relative to the time of year. The Stifel Nicolaus Logistics Confidence Index is generated from an extensive survey of global logistics professionals, asked to provide their views on current levels of volumes in the industry and their expectations for six months' time. An index value of 50 indicates no change in the volumes currently being experienced for the time of year; above 50 indicates higher volumes, while below 50 indicates lower volumes.