It's that time of the month when same-store sales roll in from the retailing sector and monthly traffic numbers are due from airlines. (Load factor is the percentage of seats filled.) Some of the numbers so far include:

  • Alaska Air Group (ALK): Load factor fell to 71.8% from 73.6%; capacity increased 4.2%; traffic grew 1.72%.

  • Delta Air Lines (DAL): Load factor rose to 77.6% from 74.6%; capacity increased 3.6%; traffic rose 7.8%.

  • UAL Corp. (UAUA): Load factor at the United Airlines unit rose to 80.2% from 79.5%; capacity declined 1.7%; traffic edged down 0.8%.

  • Continental Airlines (CAL): Earlier this week, CAL reported that load factor edged up 0.8% to 79%; capacity rose 4.5%; traffic rose 5.6%.

  • AMR Corp. (AMR): Tuesday, the company reported a 0.5% jump in load factor to 70.2; a 1% increase in capacity; and a 2.4% rise in traffic for September.

A recent stagnation in oil and gas prices has allowed the AMEX Airline Index (XAL) to make some headway, rising 0.82% in yesterday's trading. The index is poised to end the week above its 10-week moving average for the first time since early July.