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January 11, 2012

November Shippers Conditions Index Favors Truckers

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for November dropped 2.5 points from the previous month to a reading of -6.1 reflecting the seasonal tightening of shipping capacity

January 10, 2012

TCP: Carriers Resist Adding Capacity on Poor ROI

The Transport Capital Partners (TCP) 4th Quarter 2011 Business Expectations Survey finds 73 percent of responding carriers will not be adding any significant capacity until rates improve, providing a better return on their investment

January 8, 2012

Cass Freight Index: Rate Increases Hold Despite Lack of Imminent Capacity Threat

Motor carriers and railroads were successful in passing along rate increases in 2011. For the most part, the rate hikes stuck, but carriers didn't gain any ground, they just kept pace with increasing costs

January 5, 2012

December's Class 8 Orders Higher Than Expected

December saw a slight rise in the number of net orders for Class 8 trucks in North America

January 4, 2012

Manufacturing Ends Year on a Strong Note

Manufacturing grew in December at its fastest pace in six months, showing growth for the 29th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management,

January 3, 2012

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Ticks Upward

The environment for truckers remains modestly favorable with decent growth, capacity and pricing conditions as we enter 2012 -- but a severe capacity shortage that could significantly affect rates is less likely, thanks to a delay in new driver regulations, according to transportation forecasting firm FTR

January 2, 2012

California Gasoline Consumption Down 2.0% in Q3, Diesel Up 6.6%

In California, gasoline consumption decreased 2.0 percent in the third quarter and declined 2.1 percent in September. Diesel fuel consumption increased 6.6 percent in the third quarter and rose 7.0 percent in September compared to last year

January 2, 2012

Trailer Industry Expects Strong Start to 2012

Commercial trailer net orders surged in November, with 28,393 trailers added to the order board

December 28, 2011

Trailer Industry Expects Strong Start to 2012

Commercial trailer net orders surged in November, with 28,393 trailers added to the order board

December 27, 2011

Used Truck Volumes Continue Slide in November

Reported volumes of used Classe 3-8 truck sales continued their slide into negative territory in November

December 21, 2011

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Edged 0.3% Higher in November

Truck tonnage rose 0.3% in November after rising a revised 0.4% in October, according to the American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index

December 20, 2011

Class 8 Demand Remains Favorable Despite Dip in November Orders

After rising to their third highest net order volume of the year in October, Class 8 orders fell below trend in November, falling to their second lowest volume in 2011

December 15, 2011

TransCore's Freight Index Up 36%

TransCore's North American Freight Index climbed 36% last month compared to November 2010, making it the consecutive month with the highest same-month volume since 2005

December 14, 2011

Pulse of Commerce Index Increased 0.1% in November

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, issued on Tuesday by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Ceridian Corporation rose 0.1% in November following a 1.1% increase in October

December 12, 2011

ACT Predicting 252K Class 8 Build for 2011

ACT Research still is predicting 2011 North American Class 8 truck build to wind up at around 252,000, despite some recent good economic news

December 8, 2011

FTR: Recovery 'Normal,' Trucking Even Better

This slow economic recovery is not as unusual as many people think, and trucking continues to outperform it, said trucking economy expert Noel Perry Thursday - and there are signs it will continue to do so, including signs we may be nearing the end of the housing slump

December 7, 2011

New TCP National Survey: Carrier View 2012 showing Opportunities for Volumes and Rates

The Transport Capital Partners 4th Quarter 2011 Business Expectations Survey found carriers optimistic for the year ahead with 61% of carriers expecting volumes to increase in 2012, and only 7% expecting volumes to decrease

December 6, 2011

November Commercial Vehicle Net Orders Weaker than Expected

North America Class 8 commercial vehicle preliminary net orders for November surprised on the downside, coming in well below October actuals

December 5, 2011

Preliminary Net Class 8 Orders Decline in November

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing November 2011 Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM's declined 27% from October to 20,400 units

December 1, 2011

CKCVR Annual Fleet Study Shows Solid Demand for Class 8 Trucks in 2012

CK Commercial Vehicle Research surveyed 64 representative small, medium and large for-hire as well as private and government fleets for its 2011 annual fleet study

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