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June 6, 2012

Economist Offers Mixed News at Vision Conference

The economy is growing, albeit not enough to put a major dent in unemployment, says one economist, who also believes international events may have more influence on the U.S. economy than President Obama

June 5, 2012

Truck Orders up Moderately in May

After four months of decline, North American Class 8 truck orders took a modest upturn in May. Order activity is not where many hoped it would be at this point in the recovery, but analysts say the industry is still relatively healthy

June 1, 2012

Trucking Adds 7,300 Jobs in May, National Job Growth Stalls

The trucking industry added 7,300 for-hire trucking jobs in May, an increase from 1.3 million jobs in April and a 3.4% increase from a year ago

May 30, 2012

March Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Exceeds $85 Billion for First Time

Surface trade between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 6.2% higher in March 2012 than in March 2011, totaling $85.8 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation

May 29, 2012

New Vehicle Registrations Up 26% from 1Q 2011

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3-8 vehicles for the first quarter of 2012 were up 26.6% to 129,755 units from the 102,521 units registered during the first quarter of 2011

May 29, 2012

Canadian Government Legislates End to Canadian Pacific Strike

As the labor dispute at Canadian Pacific Railway enters its eighth day, Canadian federal labor minister, Lisa Raitt has tabled back-to-work legislation that could force striking workers back to their jobs as early as Thursday

May 29, 2012

Class 8 Used Truck Volumes Down, Pricing Up in April

April saw a turnaround in the trend of the prior two months in the used Class 8 truck market as volumes sank and pricing rose, according to State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research Co

May 24, 2012

Housing, Manufacturing Numbers Good News for Trucking

Two key economic indicators that affect trucking freight, housing starts and industrial production, exceeded expectations in April

May 22, 2012

ACT Research: Fleets Return to Trailer Orderboard in April

Fleets started ordering more trailers in April, following recent lackluster performance, although the gains were not universal across all trailer categories, according to ACT Research Co.'s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers.

May 22, 2012

ATA Truck Tonnage Falls 1.1%

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.1% in April after rising 0.6% in March

May 21, 2012

Class 8 Backlog Falls in April; Economic Activity Will Expand Moderately

Softer orders and a continuation of strong build caused the Class 8 backlog to fall nearly 8,000 units to 106,407 in April, according to ACT Research.

May 18, 2012

Spot Freight Index Sets Record in April

In April, the TransCore DAT North American Freight Index achieved the highest volume in a single month since the Index was established in 1996. On a year-over-year basis, volume increased 17% and rose 3.5% compared to March volume

May 17, 2012

Raw Materials, Volatile Demand Hurt Supplier Outlook

The cost of raw materials, weak sales and increasing international competition are among the major concerns of heavy-duty suppliers, according to a quarterly "Supplier Barometer" survey conducted by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association

May 15, 2012

FTR: Trucking Industry Seeing Relatively Good Recovery

The trucking industry, at least for the short term, is experiencing good recovery, according to FTR Associates Senior Consultant Noel Perry. The recovery has maybe a year and a half or two years to go, he said during FTR's "State of Freight" webinar

May 14, 2012

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Steadies in March

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for March did not show much change from the previous month. The index currently stands at -5.3, representing a moderately unfavorable condition for shippers that is expected to persist until the onset of the busy fall shipping season

May 9, 2012

Freight Shipments Fell 0.8% in March from February

After a one-month increase, the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.8% in March from February, reports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index. The March level was 16% above the April 2009 low during the recession

May 9, 2012

Economic Growth to Continue Throughout 2012

Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2012, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast

May 8, 2012

Freight Volumes Show Slow But Continued Growth

The freight market continued to grow in April at the slow pace we have experienced for most of the recovery, with North American freight volumes rising 1.9% from March to April, according to the Cass Freight Index

May 8, 2012

Trucking Jobs Grow by 1,800 in April

For-hire trucking companies added 1,800 payroll jobs in April, according to the latest estimates released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes after a loss of 2,500 in jobs in March, which the BLS adjusted after initially estimating a loss of 1,900 jobs

May 8, 2012

Increases in Retail Container Traffic Expected Through Back-to-School Season

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will be flat in May compared with the same month last year, but is expected to see solid year-over-year increases through this summer and the back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracke


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