August 11, 2014
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed some positive movement in June after moderating slightly during the prior two months.
August 8, 2014
Truckload freight availability remained elevated in July compared to previous years despite a seasonal dip, according to the DAT North American Freight Index released Friday.
August 7, 2014
First time jobless claims over the last month in the U.S. fell to its lowest level since February 2006, well before the Great Recession.
August 5, 2014
UPDATED -- Shipments increased 0.5% from the month before following a May drop of 1%, hitting its highest level on record.
August 4, 2014
International containers increased 9.6%, trailers improved by 4.3%, and domestic containers grew 7.6% quarter-over-quarter, all indications that the intermodal industry is recovering from a harsh winter and a contracted economy.
August 1, 2014
The number of jobs created in the U.S. posted its sixth straight month of being above the 200,000 mark in July but the number was softer than the previous month’s level.
July 30, 2014
The U.S. economy surged in the second quarter of the year, bouncing back from its worst performance in five years, according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.
July 29, 2014
U.S. consumer confidence increased in July -- the third month in a row, according to a new survey from the private research group The Conference Board.
July 25, 2014
The number of commercial truck crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico was 10.8 million in 2013, 1.1% more than in 2012, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures.
The value of trade between the United States and its North American trading partners rose in May compared to a year ago, reports the Department of Transportation, led by petroleum products going by pipeline between the U.S. .and Canada, and electrical machinery going by truck between the U.S. and Mexico.
UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for durable manufactured goods both increased in June following declines the month before, while total U.S. construction in June hit its highest level so far this year.
July 24, 2014
New home sales dropped in June and the Commerce Department revised the extraordinarily strong May figures downward.
July 22, 2014
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 0.8% in June, following a revised 0.9% gain the previous month.
Consumer prices rose again in June, but the pace was less than it was the month before, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
July 18, 2014
Truckload linehaul rates paid by North American shippers in June were 5.2% higher than in June of last year, according to the latest Cass Truckload Line Index released Friday.
July 17, 2014
Housing starts in the U.S. fell 9.3% in June, the second consecutive monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, pushing the annual rate down to 893,000, the weakest showing since last September.
July 16, 2014
Prices at the wholesale level rose 0.4% in June from the month before, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures, following a 0.2% decline in May and a 0.6% advance in April.
July 15, 2014
Retail sales increased in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, but the gain was far less than analysts were expecting.
July 14, 2014
The Port of Virginia set a new mark for volume in fiscal 2014, handling more than 2.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units in the twelve months ending June 30, eclipsing the previous fiscal year record by 140,476 TEUs.
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in May, at a reading of 5.74, reflects some headwinds affecting truck fleet results, according to this latest report from the transportation forecasting firm.
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