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March 19, 2012

Spot Freight Index up Over January, Not Year Over Year

TransCore's DAT North American Freight index was up 24% in February compared to January, but down 5.2% compared to February 2011, when the spot market recorded unseasonably strong freight volumes

March 19, 2012

January Container Import Volumes Up 4.1% Year-Over-Year

Steady sales growth in both automobiles and existing homes during the past few months drove January U.S. container import volumes up 4.1% from January 2011 to 1,475,608 million twenty-foot-equivalent units

March 15, 2012

Truckable Economic Activity Reaches New High in 4Q 2011

Truckable Economic Activity, a trucking-specific economic indicator developed by MacKay & Company. reached a new record high of $8.8 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2011

March 14, 2012

DOT Says Freight Shipments Fell 3.6% in January from Record December

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 3.6% in January from December, declining after five consecutive monthly increases, according to the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index

March 14, 2012

Pulse of Commerce Index Increased 0.7% in February

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 0.7% in February, but it was not enough to offset the 1.7% decline in the previous month

March 14, 2012

Retail Trends and What They Mean for Trucking

Changes in the retail supply chain could spell benefits for some kinds of trucking, according to experts at the 2012 Stifel Nicolaus Consumer Conference last week in New York

March 12, 2012

ACT: Truck Buying Cycle Peak Moved to 2014

ACT Research has shifted its long-term forecast for the commercial vehicle industry. The cycle peak in 2013 has been adjusted, with stronger demand now stretching through 2014

March 12, 2012

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Relatively Flat Month-Over-Month

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for January remained basically unchanged from the previous month with a reading of negative 4.8

March 9, 2012

FTR: Trucking Industry to Fare Adequately in 2012, Oil Prices Will Fall

FTR Associates says the outlook for the 2012 trucking industry is fair. In FTR's "State of Freight" webinar late last week, analysts addressed the overall economy as well as specifics about trucking and oil, a particularly hot topic because of climbing prices

March 6, 2012

Cass Freight Index Report: Shipping Picks Up Post Holiday Season

In a reversal of a very long trend, the month-to-month change in freight movements in February was greater than that of expenditures, reports the February 2012 Cass Freight Index Report

March 5, 2012

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Expected to Climb in 2012

In spite of a reading of 6.1 for January's Trucking Conditions Index, FTR Associates forecasts a slow climb to strongly positive territory for trucking throughout 2012, with volumes and profits sufficient for investment for growth by year's end

March 2, 2012

Commercial Vehicle Orders Still Healthy in February

Two companies that track commercial vehicle sales say truck orders were down in February, but they're still continuing at a relatively healthy level

March 1, 2012

CV Parts Aftermarket Leading Indicator Increases in January

A new industry index that tracks aftermarket parts rose slightly in January. Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting's new CV Aftermarket Parts Leading Indicator increased 0.03% in January to 104.70 (January 2001=100) following a 0.01% decrease in December (104.67) and a 0.61% increase in November (104.68)

February 28, 2012

ATA Truck Tonnage Retreats 4% in January

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4% in January after surging 6.4% in December 2011. The latest contraction put the index at 119.4 (2000=100), down from December's record level of 124.4.

February 28, 2012

December Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 11.6% Year Over Year

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 11.6% higher in December 2011 than in December 2010, totaling $74.2 billion

February 27, 2012

Used Truck Prices Up in January as Volumes Slip

Used Class 8 truck price appreciation was prevalent in January sales in the retail and wholesale channels, according to ACT Research

February 24, 2012

ACT Research: Trailer Orders Strong in January

January trailer net orders dropped from December to 26,000 units, but they were the strongest orders for the first month of the year since 2006, according to ACT Research.

February 17, 2012

Vieth: Economy Improving, Driver Shortage Looming

The good news is, there's a capacity shortage in the industry, so you should be making money. The bad news is, finding drivers is going to cost you some of that money

February 17, 2012

TransCore's January North American Freight Index Up 5%

TransCore's North American Freight Index was up 5% in January compared to the same month in 2011. This is the third consecutive year of increases in same-month spot market freight volume and marks a record high for the month of January

February 16, 2012

2011 New Truck Registrations up 23% from 2010

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3-8 vehicles for 2011 numbered 460,948 units, an 23.3% increase 373,975 units in 2010, according to Polk's Quarterly Commercial Vehicle Report


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