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September 12, 2012 - Industry News

DAT Freight Index for August up Over Last Year

DAT Freight Index

TransCore's DAT Freight Index for August outpaced year-ago levels by 8.4%. This is the sixth time in 2012 volume has exceeded prior year levels

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September 12, 2012 - Industry News

Indices from Cass Show Truckload Rates Steady, Intermodal is up

Recent information from partners Cass Information Systems Inc. and Avondale Partners LLC indicates that truckload rates are holding steady, while intermodal rates saw a month-to-month gain

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September 11, 2012 - Industry News

Navistar Shutting Down Workhorse as Part of Cost-Cutting

A new nose for the Navistar-owned Workhorse was featured in 2007.

CORRECTED -- Workhorse Custom Chassis is going out of business and is due to shut down in October, though Navistar International Corp., its owner since 2005, is saying little about it

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September 10, 2012 - Industry News

Hikes in Diesel, Gasoline Ease

The recent trend at the pump has seen the continual upward climb of both gasoline and diesel prices at a steady rate, but this week the trend seemed to be slowing

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September 10, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Container Imports to Increase 8.5% in September;
 Strong Holiday Numbers Expected

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 8.5% in September compared with the same month last yea

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September 6, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Rebound in August

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing August Class 8 truck net orders at 15,935 units, up 27% from July

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September 5, 2012 - Industry News

Pricing for Sleeper Tractors Unexpectedly Up in July

The price for used sleeper tractors rose in July, both on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis, reports the American Truck Dealers Commercial Truck Guide

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September 5, 2012 - Industry News

Despite Slow Growth, Capacity Balance Means Trucking's Doing OK

Growth in trucking to support hydraulic fracturing operations in natural gas drilling may be inflating truck tonnage numbers.

The economy is expected to continue to grow slowly amidst a variety of headwinds, but because the trucking industry has not been adding back capacity cut or lost during the recession, pricing trends are largely positive, with flatbed, tanker and reefer business leading the way, according to transportation analysts at Stifel Nicolaus

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September 5, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Pump Prices Increase

The price of diesel exhaust fluid at the pump jumped in August while tote prices remained level, according to the latest DEF Tracker price update from Integer Research

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August 28, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Comparisons Up Month-Over-Month in July

In what may be an unprecedented event, all the month-over-month comparisons - volume, price, miles, and age - for all weight groups of used trucks improved in July

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August 28, 2012 - Industry News

June Surface Trade with Canada, Mexico Up 6.6% Over 2011

Trade between the U.S. and NAFTA Countries, June 2007-June 2012 (Unadjusted and adjusted for inflation and exchange rate fluctuations)

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 6.6% higher in June 2012 than in June 2011, totaling $82.6 billio

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August 23, 2012 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Weak in July

July is seasonally the weakest order month for the trailer industry, and the 14,500 new orders booked for the month confirmed that pattern

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August 22, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Still Weak in July

The Class 8 market continued to experience weak orders and falling backlogs through the month of July, as build rates again exceeded the pace of incoming orders

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August 21, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Unchanged in July

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in July after increasing 1.1% in June

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August 15, 2012 - Industry News

FTR Reports Shippers Conditions Index Remains at Near Neutral

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for June was basically unchanged from the previous month and remains in near neutral territory at a reading of -1.8

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August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Defies Economic News

TransCore's DAT Freight Index, which monitors the spot freight market, continues this year's trend of record same-month freight volumes and a double-digit increase on a year-over-year basis. July marked the fifth instance of a same-month record in 2012 and the DAT Index outpaced July 2011 levels by 12%, but lagged June 2012 by 20%, says TransCore.

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August 8, 2012 - Industry News

Federal Freight Numbers Drop Slightly in June

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.1% in June from May, following no change in the index from April to May, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Freight Transportation Services Index

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August 8, 2012 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues Downward in June

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for June continued its downward trend, falling a half point from May to a reading of 4.5, weaker than initial expectations, according to the transportation forecasting firm

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July 31, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Industry Sends Mixed Signals

June used truck sales grew 8% over May, but lagged June 2011 and the first six months of 2011, while pricing appears to be slowing a little more rapidly than was previously expected

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July 26, 2012 - Industry News

Durable Goods Orders, Shipments Up, but Plane Orders Skew Numbers

Durable goods orders rose more than expected last month, by 1.6%, but it was largely due to a surge in aircraft orders. These long-lasting manufactured products, such as washers and dryers, toasters and aircraft, make up a major source of trucking freight

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July 26, 2012 - Industry News

ATD: Mixed New-Truck Climate Not Affecting Used-Truck Pricing

Used-truck pricing stayed high in June, even as new-truck orders fell, according to Chris Visser, senior analyst for American Truck Dealers Official Commercial Truck Guide

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July 26, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Jumped 1.2% in June

The American Trucking Associations' June tonnage index had its largest month-to-month gain so far this year, thanks to a larger-than-estimated loss the previous month. Tonnage is still up year over year

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July 20, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Weak in June; Classes 5-7 Consistent

In the Class 8 market, weak orders persisted through June, while activity in the Classes 5-7 markets remained generally unchanged, according to the State of the Industry report released by ACT Research Co. The report covers Class 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market

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July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Housing Starts Offer Glimmer Of Hope

The nation's beleaguered housing industry, whose health affects some trucking operations greatly, got some of its best news in quite a while Wednesday , but also shows the industry has a long way to go before seeing a full recovery

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July 13, 2012 - Industry News

June Spot Freight Volume Increases Year-over-Year, Dips Slightly from May

June spot freight numbers dropped from May, according to TransCore, despite setting a same-month record

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