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May 17, 2009

Freight Index Fell 3.3 Percent in March from February

The federal Freight Transportation Services Index fell 3.3 percent in March from its February level, falling to its lowest level in more than six years, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported

May 13, 2009

Small Parts Suppliers In Serious Danger, Congress Hears

The credit crisis and its devestating effects on the nation's vehicle builders has also injured thousands of small parts suppliers, and many could fail, one of their executives told Congress yesterday

May 4, 2009

CKCVR Q2 09 Fleet Equipment Buying Index Improves from Previous Quarter

CK Commercial Vehicle Research's Fleet Equipment Buying Index for Q2 2009 improved to 93.3 from 75.8 in the first quarter

April 30, 2009

February 2009 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Fell 30.9 Percent from February 2008

Surface Trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 30.9 percent lower in February 2009 than in February 2008, dropping to $47.9 billion, the biggest year-to-year percentage decline on record

April 27, 2009

ATA Tonnage Index Plunges 4.5 Percent

Gains in the American Trucking Associations' truck tonnage index from the first two months of the year were erased in March

April 23, 2009

Still Waiting for Good News

Some are seeing indications of economic recovery, but trucking, a traditional early indicator of the economy's direction, is still waiting for good news

April 23, 2009

Record-Low Household Moving Rate Hits Household Goods Industry Hard

New Census Bureau figures showing Americans moved last year at the lowest rate in 40 years. That's consistent with industry data compiled by the American Moving & Storage Association, which also finds the trend continuing into 2009

April 5, 2009

March Economic Numbers: Unemployment Up, Factor Orders Rise

Another 663,000 jobs were lost in March and unemployment rose, while for-hire trucking payrolls fell nearly 15,000. However, there were some glimmers of hope in some numbers last week that are used to measure the manufacturing sector

April 4, 2009

Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks Hit Hard by Economic Weakness

Highway tractors continue to depreciate at a heavy rate, according to a report by the American Truck Dealers Official Commercial Truck Guide

March 25, 2009

ATA Truck Tonnage index rose 1.7 Percent in February

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index edged 1.7 percent higher in February 2009, marking the second consecutive month-to-month increase

March 24, 2009

Department of Energy Says Wide Single Truck Tires Cut Fuel Costs by 6 to 10 Percent

A 383-page report made available last week by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory confirms that wide single tires are more fuel efficient than duals on heavy trucks

March 19, 2009

Zempel at Pegasus Transtech Event Sounds Upbeat Note on Economy

The U.S. is not in a depression, said Clare Zempel, a noted economist and financial advisor, in remarks Wednesday at the Pegasus Transtech Users Conference in Clearwater, Fla

March 16, 2009

2009 Tire Shipments to Drop Seven Percent

Tire shipments are projected to drop more than 7 percent in 2009 following a nearly 9 percent drop in 2008, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association

March 16, 2009

Trucking Continues to Dominate Freight Movement

Despite the current weakness in demand for freight transportation services caused by the nation's recession, the long-term outlook remains bright for all modes of freigh

March 11, 2009

Freight Transportation Services Index Falls 2.3 Percent in January

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 2.3 percent in January from its December level, falling for the third consecutive month to its lowest level in more than five years

February 27, 2009

Truck Tonnage Index Rises 3 Percent In January, Down 10.8 Percent From Last Year

A 3-percent month-over-month increase in the American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index in January did little to erase the revised 7.8 percent contraction in December 2008

February 25, 2009

Freight Outlook Deteriorates Further

Calling it "the worst market in a generation," transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates released its mid-month North American Commercial Truck and Trailer Outlook flash report this week, showing a further weakening in freight and equipment demand

February 22, 2009

Putting the Recession in Perspective

"There is nothing typical about a typical recession. They're all unique," said Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, during Heavy Duty Dialogue '09 last week

February 11, 2009

Freight Index Falls 2.3 Percent in December

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 2.3 percent in December from its November level, falling for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported

January 30, 2009

FTR: Uncertainty, Overcapacity Key Themes for 2009 Economy

In its "Recession Update" webinar for customers Friday, transportation research and forecasting firm FTR Associates painted a picture of a challenging 2009 economic environment, with many uncertainties affecting predictions for the end of this recession

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