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March 20, 2012 - Industry News

Carriers Optimistic for 2012

The Transport Capital Partners 1Q 2012 Business Expectations Survey found that carriers continue to be optimistic for the year ahead, with 77% of the carriers surveyed expecting volumes to increase in the year ahead and only 2.6% expecting volumes to decrease

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March 19, 2012 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index up Over January, Not Year Over Year

TransCore's DAT North American Freight index was up 24% in February compared to January, but down 5.2% compared to February 2011, when the spot market recorded unseasonably strong freight volumes

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March 19, 2012 - Industry News

January Container Import Volumes Up 4.1% Year-Over-Year

Steady sales growth in both automobiles and existing homes during the past few months drove January U.S. container import volumes up 4.1% from January 2011 to 1,475,608 million twenty-foot-equivalent units

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March 15, 2012 - Industry News

Truckable Economic Activity Reaches New High in 4Q 2011

Truckable Economic Activity, a trucking-specific economic indicator developed by MacKay & Company. reached a new record high of $8.8 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2011

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March 14, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Says Freight Shipments Fell 3.6% in January from Record December

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 3.6% in January from December, declining after five consecutive monthly increases, according to the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index

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March 14, 2012 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Increased 0.7% in February

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 0.7% in February, but it was not enough to offset the 1.7% decline in the previous month

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March 14, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Trends and What They Mean for Trucking

Changes in the retail supply chain could spell benefits for some kinds of trucking, according to experts at the 2012 Stifel Nicolaus Consumer Conference last week in New York

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March 12, 2012 - Industry News

ACT: Truck Buying Cycle Peak Moved to 2014

ACT Research has shifted its long-term forecast for the commercial vehicle industry. The cycle peak in 2013 has been adjusted, with stronger demand now stretching through 2014

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March 12, 2012 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Relatively Flat Month-Over-Month

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for January remained basically unchanged from the previous month with a reading of negative 4.8

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March 9, 2012 - Industry News

FTR: Trucking Industry to Fare Adequately in 2012, Oil Prices Will Fall

FTR Associates says the outlook for the 2012 trucking industry is fair. In FTR's "State of Freight" webinar late last week, analysts addressed the overall economy as well as specifics about trucking and oil, a particularly hot topic because of climbing prices

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March 6, 2012 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Report: Shipping Picks Up Post Holiday Season

In a reversal of a very long trend, the month-to-month change in freight movements in February was greater than that of expenditures, reports the February 2012 Cass Freight Index Report

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March 5, 2012 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Expected to Climb in 2012

In spite of a reading of 6.1 for January's Trucking Conditions Index, FTR Associates forecasts a slow climb to strongly positive territory for trucking throughout 2012, with volumes and profits sufficient for investment for growth by year's end

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March 2, 2012 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Orders Still Healthy in February

Two companies that track commercial vehicle sales say truck orders were down in February, but they're still continuing at a relatively healthy level

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March 1, 2012 - Industry News

CV Parts Aftermarket Leading Indicator Increases in January

A new industry index that tracks aftermarket parts rose slightly in January. Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting's new CV Aftermarket Parts Leading Indicator increased 0.03% in January to 104.70 (January 2001=100) following a 0.01% decrease in December (104.67) and a 0.61% increase in November (104.68)

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February 28, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Retreats 4% in January

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4% in January after surging 6.4% in December 2011. The latest contraction put the index at 119.4 (2000=100), down from December's record level of 124.4.

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February 28, 2012 - Industry News

December Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 11.6% Year Over Year

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 11.6% higher in December 2011 than in December 2010, totaling $74.2 billion

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February 27, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Up in January as Volumes Slip

Used Class 8 truck price appreciation was prevalent in January sales in the retail and wholesale channels, according to ACT Research

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February 24, 2012 - Industry News

ACT Research: Trailer Orders Strong in January

January trailer net orders dropped from December to 26,000 units, but they were the strongest orders for the first month of the year since 2006, according to ACT Research.

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February 17, 2012 - Industry News

Vieth: Economy Improving, Driver Shortage Looming

The good news is, there's a capacity shortage in the industry, so you should be making money. The bad news is, finding drivers is going to cost you some of that money

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February 17, 2012 - Industry News

TransCore's January North American Freight Index Up 5%

TransCore's North American Freight Index was up 5% in January compared to the same month in 2011. This is the third consecutive year of increases in same-month spot market freight volume and marks a record high for the month of January

Tags: Economy

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

2011 New Truck Registrations up 23% from 2010

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3-8 vehicles for 2011 numbered 460,948 units, an 23.3% increase 373,975 units in 2010, according to Polk's Quarterly Commercial Vehicle Report

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February 14, 2012 - Industry News

December Shippers Conditions Index Improves Month-Over-Month

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for December edged up roughly 1.5 points from November to a reading of -4.6, which still reflects a somewhat adverse environment for shippers

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February 13, 2012 - Industry News

ACT Research Confident About Class 8 Demand

ACT Research Co. remains bullish on Class 8 in the medium to longer term, according to the February issue of the ACT North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook, published by ACT Research

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February 13, 2012 - Industry News

TransCore Index Shows Strength in Freight Volume and Rates

TransCore's North American Freight index marked a record high for the month of January, up 5% compared to January 2011. Month-over-month, January's spot market freight volume slipped 8% compared to December

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February 9, 2012 - Industry News

Cass Index: Linehaul Rates Highest since 2005

The rise in linehaul rates leveled off a bit during January, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, but nevertheless hit their highest point since the January 2005 date where the Cass Index data begins

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