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September 13, 2012

July Freight Shipments up 0.1% Month-over-Month

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.1% in July from June, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

September 12, 2012

DAT Freight Index for August up Over Last Year

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

September 12, 2012

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

September 11, 2012

Navistar Shutting Down Workhorse as Part of Cost-Cutting

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

September 10, 2012

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

September 10, 2012

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

September 6, 2012

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

September 5, 2012

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

September 5, 2012

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

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

September 5, 2012

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

August 28, 2012

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

August 28, 2012

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

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

August 23, 2012

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

August 22, 2012

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

August 21, 2012

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

August 15, 2012

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

August 10, 2012

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.

August 8, 2012

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

August 8, 2012

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

July 31, 2012

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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