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April 27, 2011

March Durable Goods Orders Up $5 Billion

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase.

April 17, 2011

Used-Truck Market Continues to Gain Despite Rising Fuel Prices

While rising fuel prices have caused some concern in the light-truck and car markets, they have yet to make a big impact on heavy- and medium-duty trucking, says Chris Visser, senior analyst with the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide

April 13, 2011

FTR Shippers Index Continues to Fall

FTR Associates' Shippers' Condition Index continues to decline, reflecting tightening capacity in the trucking sector

April 13, 2011

Freight Shipments Fall 1.5 Percent in February from January

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry declined 1.5 percent in February from January, falling after two consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index

April 12, 2011

Pulse of Commerce Index Jumps 2.7 Percent in March

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 2.7 percent on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis in March, more than offsetting the 0.3 percent decline in January and the 1.5 percent decline in February

April 10, 2011

Freight Payments Up 33.6% Over Last Year, Cass Reports

Freight movements soared 6.9 percent in March, the first sizeable rise since August 2010, according to the March 2011 Cass Freight Index

April 6, 2011

Net Orders, Backlogs, Rise in March

Orders for Class 8 trucks in North America rose to about 29,000 in March, according to industry analysis and forecasting firms, more than 150 percent from a year ago

April 4, 2011

Diesel Rises; Crude Reaches 30-Month High

National on-highway diesel prices climbed for the second week in a row, rising 4.4 cents to $3.976. The national average is up almost 96 cents from last year

April 4, 2011

TransCore's Truckload Rate Index Up in March

Following a three-month decline, truckload rates for refrigerated vans increased 2.2 percent on the spot market in March compared to February, according to TransCore's Truckload Rate Index

March 30, 2011

North American Surface Trade Up In January

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its NAFTA partners was 19.5 percent higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, reaching $67.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation

March 27, 2011

Heavy Industry Drives Flatbed Uptick

The Great Recession hit trucking hard, but the rebound has begun with the open-deck sector leading the charge back to profitability. For the week ending March 19, a 3.2 percent uptick in flatbed freight volume compared to the previous week helped lead overall truckload freight availability on TransCore's DAT Network of load boards to increase by 2 percent nationwide

March 25, 2011

Trailer Orders Surge

Net orders of commercial trailers rose to 21,990 in February, a gain of over 25 percent from January, according to ACT Research. The commercial vehicle industry analysts also reported solid factory shipments in February, posting a 105 percent gain versus the same month last year

March 24, 2011

Durable Goods Orders Fall, but Shipments Up

Orders for manufactured goods fell in February, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, but shipments were up slightly

March 22, 2011

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Fell 2.9 Percent in February

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.9 percent in February after increasing a revised 3.5 percent in January 2011

March 22, 2011

TransCore's Canadian Freight Index Continues to Climb, Sets New Record

TransCore's Canadian Freight Index sets another record for spot market freight volume with a month-over-month increase of 11 percent, despite February being a short month

March 20, 2011

N.A. Heavy-Duty Order Backlog Approaching 100,000 Units

A year ago, they couldn't give away new trucks, now you have to wait in line for one. ACT Research Company says heavy net order volume in recent months has pushed the Class 8 heavy-duty backlog volume to just under 100,000 units

March 11, 2011

FTR Shippers Condition Index Remains in Low Territory

FTR's Shippers Condition Index remained in low territory in February, meaning carriers are continuing to gain leverage over rates. FTR expects the index, which was at -5.2 in February, to fall further as the outlook for capacity shortages worsen in the seasonally strong spring months

March 10, 2011

Weekly Spot Market Freight Volumes Hit Two-Year High

Truckload freight availability on TransCore's DAT Network of load boards increased by 12 percent nationwide in the week ending March 5, showing the strongest load volume for a single week since TransCore began reporting weekly levels in January 2008

March 9, 2011

February PCI Continues to Signal Slow Growth

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell in January and February, but was still the 15th straight month of year over year growth, indicating that economic recovery, while fragile, remains under way

March 9, 2011

DOT Freight Index Up in January; Largest Annual Increase Since 2002

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.9 percent in January from a revised December level, rising for the second consecutive month, reported the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics


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