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January 25, 2001 - Industry News

Expect Recovery By Year End, Economic Guru Says

The slowing economy, while not a classic recession, means the trucking industry will struggle through the first half of the year - but it will get better

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January 3, 2001 - Industry News

Feds Drop Interest Rate; Could be Good News for Trucking

In a rare between-meetings decision, the Federal Reserve has cut a key interest rate by half a point trying to keep the nation out of a recession. The first decrease in rates in two years could be good new

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December 29, 2000 - Industry News

Will Fleets Buy More Trucks?

Editor's Note: This is the final installment in a series of predictions for 2001, both serious and tongue-in-cheek, from Truckinginfo.com's editors. Our economist offers thoughts on how the economy will affect truck sales, while Truck Sales &

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December 29, 2000 - Industry News

The View From Behind the Mic

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of predictions for 2001, both serious and tongue-in-cheek, from Truckinginfo.com's editors. The Million Trucker March will be organized as the single biggest protest ever over high fuel prices.

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December 14, 2000 - Industry News

FedEx, UPS: Holiday Volume Shows Impact of Slowing Economy

FedEx Corp. and UPS yesterday both announced that they are expecting flat growth this month thanks to soft shipment volumes

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December 7, 2000 - Industry News

Major Papers Report on Truckers' Hard Times

The rest of the world is starting to sit up and notice how the trucking industry is struggling. Two major papers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Boston Herald, are among those that have taken a look at trucking's hard time

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December 4, 2000 - Industry News

Driver Pay Hikes Slow in Third Quarter

Profit pressures from high fuel costs plus a softening of freight activity has caused truckload carriers to put the brakes on driver wage increases, says SignPost Inc. According to the company’s latest National Survey of Driver Wages, fewer than 15% of carriers made wage changes in the third quarter of 2000. By comparison, more than 20% made changes in third quarter 1999, 23% in 1998, and almost 25% in 1997

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December 4, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking Predicted to Deliver Record Holiday Season

The American Trucking Associations predicts that the U.S. trucking industry will haul another record amount of gifts and food this holiday season

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December 1, 2000 - Industry News

Worst Of Economic Downturn Is Here

Recent economic reports confirm that the U.S. economy is now near the bottom of this business cycle.

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November 20, 2000 - Industry News

Trailer Sales Dive Despite Strong Signs for Freight

Despite the strong economy, shipments of new trailers dropped 17% in the third quarter and were down 5.6% for the year, according to the latest manufacturer survey by Economic Planning Associates

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November 15, 2000 - Industry News

Texas Insurance Company Says Goodbye to Trucking

A Texas insurance company has bowed out of the trucking industry, claiming losses are just too high to keep insuring trucks

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October 28, 2000 - Industry News

Depleted Truck Market Hits Finance Companies

Financial institutions are being hurt by depressed market conditions in trucking, and that's going to make it harder for potential buyers to borrow money in the coming months

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October 26, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Study Looks at Trucking&#39s Future

The U.S. trucking industry faces a bright future as it enters the 21st century, according to the Fifth annual U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast produced for the American Trucking Associations

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October 23, 2000 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Cut Carrier, Supplier Profits

As third-quarter financial reports continue to be released, it is evident that high fuel prices have affected both trucking companies and the manufacturers that supply them

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October 22, 2000 - Industry News

Insurance Rates Are On the Rise for Trucking Companies, Says NAFC

Trucking companies are experiencing significant increases in bodily injury and property damage liability rates, according to the National Accounting and Finance Council of the American Trucking Associations

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October 17, 2000 - Industry News

High Fuel Costs May Hit Retailers Harder Than Consumers

Despite high fuel prices, retail prices and shipping fees paid by consumers are likely to remain pretty consistent this holiday season, largely because of the intense competition between Internet and traditional retailers. That's the prediction of a

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September 29, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Sales: Down This Year & Next, Will Rebound 2002

The demand for new trucks and buses will continue to ease through this year and next, then start a steady pace of expansion in 2002, predicts Economic Planning Associates

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September 28, 2000 - Industry News

High Fuel Costs Drop Third Quarter Profits

Several major carriers have issued third quarter profit warnings, giving notice before their summer quarter financial statements are released that earnings per share are below security analysts' expectations

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September 27, 2000 - Industry News

Fuel Availability, New Service Demands Increasing Pressures On Trucking

A harsh winter and fuel-availability problems would spell shortages for the trucking industry, and the government's release of oil from the nation's strategic reserves likely won't help: Oil-capacity utilization is nearing the maximum, meaning there will be problems getting the fuel to the end user. That was among predictions from Martin Labbe of Martin Labbe Associates, a transportation information consulting firm

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September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Collaboration Critical To Future Success In Truck Sales

The last eight years have been "the Bull Run of Trucking," according to Volvo Trucks North America's president and CEO Marc Gustafson. But now, business has become a struggle, due in large part to increased operating expenses. For those involved in truck sales and leasing, the key challenges are shrinking demand for new trucks, excess new truck inventory, a flood of used trucks and falling used truck prices

Tags: Economy

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Industry Challenges Continuing, Kenworth GM Says

Along with the glut of used trucks, the heavy truck industry has an excess of more than 50,000 new Class 8s, double the annual average excess of about 25,000. However, as factories reduce their build rates and increase their shutdown times, that excess is decreasing

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September 21, 2000 - Industry News

DaimlerChrysler Predicts U.S. Truck Market Will Remain Slow Until 2002

A DaimlerChrysler AG board member responsible for commercial vehicles said he expects the current slowdown in the U.S. heavy truck market to continue up to 2002

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September 19, 2000 - Industry News

Top Economists See Truck Production Falloff

Truck production, which has already begun to slide steeply from the record highs posted in 1999, will get steadily worse throughout this year and next before flattening out. But that's not all bad, agreed the six economists and transportation experts who spoke at the Economic Outlook Conference sponsored by the National Truck Equipment Association in Dearborn, Mich., this week.

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September 18, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Parts Suppliers Predict Lower Earnings

Dana, ArvinMeritor and Eaton all announced that third quarter earnings would be below Wall Street analysts' expectations

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September 6, 2000 - Industry News

Trailer Sales Down 6.6%

The anticipated slowdown in trailer demand is apparently under way. According to Economic Planning Associates' latest survey of trailer manufacturers, second quarter 2000 trailer shipments are 6.6% below second quarter 1999. This comes after a 7.2% gain in the first quarter

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