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May 9, 2001 - Industry News

Atlas Tracks Relocation Trends

For the moving industry, corporate relocations are a big part of their business. And when the economy starts affecting those relocations, it's of prime interest

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May 8, 2001 - Industry News

Trailer Sales: Rough First Quarter But Better Times Ahead

Trailer manufacturers expected 2001 to get off to a weak start, but weren’t prepared for the "blood bath" that occurred in first quarter

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May 2, 2001 - Industry News

Factory Orders Increase

Today’s March manufacturing report from the Census Bureau suggests that the manufacturing sector may have begun to rebound, promising increased freight volume ahead

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May 1, 2001 - Industry News

Economic News Good for Trucking

Today's economic news is positive for freight haulers and truck equipment manufacturers

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April 27, 2001 - Industry News

GDP Unexpectedly Increases

The economic growth rate in the U.S. was reported to be an unexpectedly strong 2% in the first quarter of the year, as reported today by the Commerce Department. GDP growth had fallen to 1% at the end of last year and was widely expected to be in the 0-1% range at the beginning of this year

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April 26, 2001 - Industry News

Trucking Economy: The View From the Internet

Freight has dropped off from last year, but there is still enough to go around, according to Scott Moscripp, president of Internet Truckstop, the web-based load-matching service

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April 25, 2001 - Industry News

Manufacturing Durable Orders, Shipments Rise in March

Orders for durable goods rose 3% in March, but it was mostly for ships and tanks, with non-transportation orders off 1.8% -- the fourth consecutive decline. However, shipments rose 0.1% after declining the previous five months. The stable shipments value is the best news for freight

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April 18, 2001 - Industry News

Fed Cuts Interest Rates Again

The fourth half-percent interest rate cut this year came today in a surprise action by the Federal Reserve Board. Usually the Board acts only during the every six-to-seven-week Open Market Committee meetings. Today's cut promises to speed up consumer and business purchases -- and then production and freight

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April 17, 2001 - Industry News

More Freight Ahead

As economists and trucking analysts continue to keep a close eye on the economy, new figures on industrial production, housing starts and inflation offer some good news

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April 17, 2001 - Industry News

Keeping an Eye on Inventories

Monday's business inventory report from the Census Bureau confirms that excess inventories continue to be absorbed. Inventories have to return to "normal" before production, imports and freight can recover to the level of current consumption

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April 17, 2001 - Industry News

Load Postings Looking Up

The analysts at load posting giant DAT Services are predicting that the number of loads available will pick up over the next few months, even going so far as to say we're at the bottom of the economic downturn

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April 2, 2001 - Industry News

Good News In Latest Economic Reports

Two key economic reports issued yesterday both signaled that the U.S. economy is on the way back. The National Association of Purchasing Managers reported a rise in manufacturing in March, and the Census Bureau reported a strong rise in construction spending in February

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March 27, 2001 - Industry News

Trucking Barometers Mixed

The barometers that trucking sometimes turns to in order to gauge the future health of the industry are mixed. As recently as yesterday, several figures were released which, while they weren’t cause for celebration, weren’t cause for alarm, either

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March 26, 2001 - Industry News

Hebe: No Recovery Without Crude Oil Price Turnaround

Jim Hebe

The single most important factor that brought down the trucking industry’s fortunes was energy cost, and those fortunes won’t change until fuel prices decline, says Freightliner CEO Jim Hebe

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March 21, 2001 - Industry News

Economic Summit II: Trucking Will Grow, But First -- the Recession

Jeffrey Kauffman, Merrill Lynch

The trucking industry will expand to meet an enormous increase in demand over the next two decades. Internet-based technologies will provide new efficiencies, of course, but first we have a genuine recession to deal with

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March 20, 2001 - Industry News

Fed Cuts U.S. Interest Rates

The Fed has spoken. Tuesday, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates for the third time this year

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March 19, 2001 - Industry News

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Trucking companies won't be surprised by a business consultant's survey that trucking is perceived as one of the hardest-hit businesses by the economic slowdown. But they may not think about what they need to do to

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March 16, 2001 - Industry News

Freight Volume To Grow As Inventories Decrease

Lower inventories are the key to a growth in freight volume later this year. In spite of headlines about layoffs, lower profits and plunging stock prices, there are very clear signs that the economy is now on the upswin

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March 16, 2001 - Industry News

2000 Big Year for Tires

Truck makers may be in a slump, but more tires than ever rolled off assembly lines and onto highways last year

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March 6, 2001 - Industry News

Load Availability Expected to Pick Up This Month

Although available loads continued to tighten beyond the normal seasonal trend in January and February, they have started to pick up

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February 28, 2001 - Industry News

Economic Stats Mixed, Interest Cut in the Works

The latest government numbers confirm what most truckers already know: Business is down. But there are signs of improvement

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February 21, 2001 - Industry News

NAFTA Economic Growth Continues to Slow

The sharp slowdown in economic growth in the U.S. is beginning to depress economic growth in Canada and, to a lesser extent, in Mexico

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February 13, 2001 - Industry News

Greenspan Senate Address Offers Hope for Beleaguered Trucking Industry

Alan Greenspan

Tuesday's economic news read like a Dickens novel: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

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February 13, 2001 - Industry News

Trucking Profits Slide As Business Increases

Business is up at many of the nation's trucking companies, but profits are falling at a faster rate

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February 12, 2001 - Industry News

Truck Sales Drop, But There's A Pulse

Truck demand is expected to begin increasing slowly by the end of winter.

Retail truck sales continued their fall last month, but prospects of a recovery are brightening. January Class 6-8 sales of 22,705 units were the lowest January in four years. January is a seasonally weak month for truck sales.

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