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January 28, 2013 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Volumes Show Mixed Results for the Year

The wholesale used market was the only segment to grow from 2011 to 2012, up 3%. The auction and retail markets both fell 11%.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Used Trucks

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Order Volume Strongest Since March 2006

Following a modest pullback in November, the trailer industry closed 2012 on a strong note: December saw new orders rise to a multi-year high, while cancellation activity remained at modest levels.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, ACT Research

January 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.8% in December after surging 3.9% in November. The 3.9% gain in November was revised from a 3.7% increase ATA reported on Dec. 18

Tags: Economy, ATA, Truck Tonnage

January 21, 2013 - Industry News

Economy is in Expansion, but New Normal Dampens Enthusiasm

LAS VEGAS -- Although business investment has slowed due to uncertainty over fiscal negotiations in Washington, the economy is not in any imminent danger of sliding into a recession, said economist Bob Dieli during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Monday the day before Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

Tags: Economy, HDAW, HDMA

January 21, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Shippers Conditions Index Begins Expected Decline

FTR Associates Shippers Conditions Index for November fell marginally from October to a reading of -5.3, the precursor to what is expected to be a more challenging environment for shippers -- meaning more leverage for truckers -- in 2013

Tags: Economy, FTR, Shippers

January 15, 2013 - Industry News

Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2013

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, which represents the $725 billion equipment finance sector, revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2013. Given that every year U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies spend in excess of $1.2 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software), financing more than half of those assets, these trends impact a significant portion of the U.S. economy

Tags: Economy, Leasing, Truck Sales

January 4, 2013 - Industry News

October 2012 Surface Transportation Trade with Canada and Mexico Totaled $85.3 Billion

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 7.9% in October 2012 compared to October 2011. Trade totaled $85.3 billion, unadjusted for inflation, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Adjusted for inflation and exchange rates, the October 2012 total was $61.7 billion in 2004 dollars, up 7.6% from October 2011

Tags: Economy, NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

December 20, 2012 - Industry News

ACT: New and Used Truck Sales, Trailer Orders Slide

MD & HD Orders Better Than Average, but below October November Class 5 through Class 8 truck orders in North America were better than 2012's average, but fell below Octobers promising level of activity, according to ACT Research Co

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 19, 2012 - Industry News

Shippers Conditions Index Improves, But Only Temporarily

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for October improved month-over-month by nearly two points to a reading of -5.0, but FTR analysts predict the pendulum will soon swing back toward the carriers' side of the equation

Tags: Economy, FTR, SCI

December 18, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Rebounds in November

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 3.7% in November. The first gain since July, it erased October's 3.7% drop

Tags: Economy, ATA, Truck Tonnage

December 12, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Index Shows October Freight Shipments Dropped

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.9% in October from September, declining after a one-month increase

Tags: Economy, Sandy, BTS, TSI

December 12, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Begins Expected Climb

FTR Associates' Trucking Conditions Index started to rise significantly in September as expected. It recorded a 65% increase over the August index numbers to a level of 9.6, before giving back some of that gain in October, easing to a reading of 7.9

Tags: Economy, FTR, Drivers

December 11, 2012 - Industry News

Sandy Helps Drive Van, Reefer Spot Freight up in November

Spot freight rose 3.6% in the U.S. and Canada November over October, according to the DAT North American Freight Index -- the first time November freight volumes outpaced October levels since the DAT Freight Index was established in 1996

Tags: Economy, Freight

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

November Truck Orders Slow

November truck orders dropped from October's unexpectedly high level, and are expected to be around 20,000 units for Class 8 when final numbers come in

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Market Back on Track in October

After a brief hiatus in September, the used truck market appears to moving in the right direction, as Class 8 unit sales improved 6% month-over-month

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Used Trucks

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

'Carriers Have No Sense of Their Pricing Power.' A Q&A With Noel Perry

If, as many economists are predicting, we start to see decent economic growth in the second half of 2013, trucking will have an almost unprecedented advantage in the marketplace to adjust rates upward and turn operating ratios on their ear

Tags: Economy, rates

November 25, 2012 - Industry News

Truck, Trailer Orders Rebound in October

Both medium-duty and heavy-duty truck orders rebounded in October in the North American commercial vehicle market, while new trailer orders rose by nearly a third from September, reports ACT Research Co

Tags: Economy

November 20, 2012 - Industry News

Sandy Affects October Truck Tonnage Figures

Superstorm Sandy helped drive tonnage figures down in October, resulting in the lowest level for the American Trucking Associations' seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index since May 2011

Tags: Economy, ATA, Sandy, Truck Tonnage

November 19, 2012 - Industry News

Shippers Conditions Index for September Same as August

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for September basically remained unchanged from August with a reading of 6.9, indicating stable but slightly tight truck capacity

Tags: Economy, FTR, SCI

November 16, 2012 - Industry News

Transportation CFOs Most Concerned With Volatile Fuel Prices

The chief financial officers of middle-market companies surveyed by GE Capital are more positive about the current state of their industry and the economy than they were six months earlier, but many are concerned about fuel price volatility and changes in the hours of service rules

Tags: Economy

November 15, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from August

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in September from August, rising after a one-month decline

Tags: Economy, Freight, BTS

November 15, 2012 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Down Year Over Year in October

Spot freight was up only slightly in October from the previous month and fell year-over-year, according to the DAT North American Freight Index

Tags: Economy, Freight

November 12, 2012 - Industry News

Economy, Trucking to Get Boost from Sandy

Debris and clean-up operations continue in Long Beach, New York. (FEMA photo)

The economic recovery is progressing at a normal pace, and rebuilding from "superstorm" Sandy will be a boon for some sectors of the economy, including flatbed truckers, according to trucking economist Noel Perry

Tags: Economy, Sandy

November 5, 2012 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Indicates Increase in Planned Order Activity

Fleets surveyed by CK Commercial Vehicle Research were increasing their planned order activity for power units in the coming three months, while planned trailer orders slowed. Freight demand, while slipping somewhat, is still solid at most fleets, according to the Q4 Fleet Sentiment Report, but it's still solid at most fleets

Tags: Fleets, Truck Orders, Economy, Navistar

November 5, 2012 - Industry News

August Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 2.6%

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 2.6% higher in August 2012 than in August 2011.

Tags: Economy, Mexico, Canada, NAFTA, Surface Trade

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