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November 10, 2011 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Up 39% Over Last Year

TransCore's Freight Index was up 39% in October compared to the same month in 2010. This measurement of spot market freight volume was the highest for the month of October since 2005, when pent-up demand boosted load volumes to record levels following Hurricane Katrina

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November 9, 2011 - Industry News

BTS: Freight Shipments Rose 0.9% in September from August

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.9% in September from August, reaching the highest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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November 9, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Rises 1.1%

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 1.1% in October after three consecutive months of negative numbers, offsetting the 1% decline in September

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November 9, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Reflects Tighter Capacity, Higher Rates

FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index fell in September by 0.9 points from the previous month, signaling tightening trucking capacity

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November 6, 2011 - Industry News

Cass October Freight Index Shows Volumes Down, Expenditures Up

Year-over-year growth still consistent, but month-to-month momentum is missing: Cass Freight Index.

The October Cass Freight Index report shows shipment volumes increased by 2% over last October, but decreased by 10% compared to September. Even with the decrease in volume, Cass says rates paid by shippers were up significantly in the same period.

Tags: Economy

November 4, 2011 - Industry News

Fleet Sentiment Report: Larger Fleets Ordering Equipment

More fleets are planning purchases of power units and trailers at a larger volume than the same period last year, according to a quarterly fleet survey. The Q4 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index shows a 22% improvement over the same quarter 2010. The index currently stands at 89.2. The lower index for Q4 versus Q1-Q3 is primarily a reflection of fewer fleets planning trailer orders in the next three months

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November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Led by Class 3 Vehicle Growth; Diesel Continues to Dominate: Polk

New commercial vehicle registrations (Class 3-8) in the U.S. are set to reach 440,000 units for the 2011 calendar year, an increase of 17.6% over the 2010 calendar year and a 33% uptick from 2009, according to Polk

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November 3, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Rises in September

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the November Trucking Update, spiked 3.1 points in September to a reading of 9.2. While improved, the TCI remains well below its recent peak of 13.3 achieved in March

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November 2, 2011 - Industry News

1 in 5 Smaller Fleets Would Consider Leaving Industry if Tonnage Does Not Increase: TCP National Survey

The recent Third Quarter 2011 Transport Capital Partners (TCP) Business Expectations Survey found that 15% of fleets are considering leaving the industry in the next six months if volumes do not increase

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November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index Shows Fleets in a Buying Mood

The Q4 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index shows a 22% improvement over 2010. The index currently stands at 89.2

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November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Preliminary Net Class 8 Orders "Up Substantially" for October: FTR

FTR says the Class 8 assembly lines could be humming by the New Year.

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing October Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM's increased 17% over September to 27,395 units.

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November 1, 2011 - Industry News

August 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.3% from August 2010

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 18.3 percent higher in August 2011 than in August 2010, totaling $80.4 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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November 1, 2011 - Industry News

GE Survey Shows Transportation CFOs Largely Upbeat

This fall, GE Capital released its U.S. Mid-Market CFO Survey, which polled chief financial officers across seven different industries, including trucking companies. The data is encouraging, despite concerns about costs and regulations

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October 25, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 1.6% in September

American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6% in September after falling a revised 0.5% in August 2011, the group's economists announced

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October 25, 2011 - Industry News

Auctions Lead Used Truck Sales Recovery in September

Auction action and healthy wholesale activity pushed sales volumes of used Class 3-8 commercial trucks in September after an extended summer slump, reported ACT Research. Retail markets fell, however

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October 25, 2011 - Industry News

TCP Survey: 'Trend of Caution" Among Smaller Carriers

Given all the uncertainly regarding the economy, volumes, rates, drivers, and regulation, more carriers, especially small ones, are thinking about leaving the industry or liquidating in the next six months, according to Transport Capital Partners' Third Quarter Business Expectations Survey

Tags: Economy

October 24, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Net Orders Improved in September

Trailer order activity posted solid improvement in September after lackluster performance in previous months. Net orders were up almost 31% month-over month and 22% year-over-year

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October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Contractor Numbers Holding Steady, Fleets Less Likely to Include Them in Expansion Plans

The recent Third Quarter 2011 Transport Capital Partners Business Expectations Survey finds that carriers' contractor fleets have remained steady over the last three quarters. However, the ability for fleets to expand using contractors has been trending down for the last five quarters

Tags: Economy

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

CV Demand Stays Strong in September

In the face of a sluggish economy and in what is typically the weakest new order period of the year, commercial vehicle order activity strengthened in September

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October 18, 2011 - Industry News

New Freight Data Available From Cass to Analyze Market Trends

Cass Information Systems has aligned with Avondale Partners, LLC, an investment banking and wealth management firm, to create an index that reflects truckload pricing trends in North America

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October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Spot Market Volumes, Rates Increase in September

TransCore's September North American Freight Index rose 3.2% compared to August and 45% compared to September 2010. September marked the highest same-month spot-market freight availability since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

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October 17, 2011 - Industry News

"All Eyes on the Economy" Panel Offers Insights into Trucking, Energy, Growth

A panel of economic experts said while economic growth will still be too slow to make a dent in unemployment numbers, they don't see the United States sliding into a double-dip recession - and trucking can outperform the macro economy, especially if manufacturing continues to grow as it has been

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October 16, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Up 0.4% in August: BTS

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.4% in August from July, reaching the highest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index, released late last week

Tags: Economy

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Falls Third Month in a Row

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell a full percentage point in September on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis. September's decline follows a 1.4% decline in August and a 0.2% decline in July

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October 11, 2011 - Industry News

North American Class 8 Builds for 2011 Should be About 250,000: ACT

Forecasts for both heavy- and medium-duty vehicles for 2011 remain basically unchanged from last month, according to the October issue of the ACT North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research Co

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