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August 24, 2011

Trailer Order Backlogs Ease in Response to Fewer Orders, Continuing Production Strength

Net orders for commercial trailers declined 2% in July from June levels, the fourth straight monthly decline this year, says ACT Research Co. (ACT).

August 24, 2011

Higher Durable Goods Orders Temper Economic Gloom

Durable goods orders jumped 4% in July, according to the Commerce Department. Demand for autos and airplanes surged, more than erasing June's 1.3% drop and doubling economists' expectations

August 12, 2011

Freight Nearly Flat, But Much Activity Still Above Last Year, FTR Economists Say

If dire economic news of recent days affects the U.S. economy, the observations of economists speaking at FTR Associates' monthly State of Freight webinar might be thrown out the window, said moderator Jonathon Starks, at the August 11 conference's outset. But through this year's first half, cargo movement in the U.S. was brisk and many trucking companies remain healthy as they enjoy higher rates

August 7, 2011

Partisan Finger-pointing Draws Credit Downgrade Warnings While Oil Prices Tumble

If the situation weren't serious enough already, the international credit rating agency, Standard & Poors, warns that further bickering and infighting could result in further rating downgrades. Meanwhile, oil prices on Asian markets fell below $84 in Singapore at midday -- more than three dollars lower than Friday's New York close.

August 4, 2011

Survey Shows Driver Shortage Limiting Hauling Capacity, Growth Potential

According to the Q3 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report, conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, 40% of responding fleets say they are already feeling the impact of the shortage of qualified drivers

August 4, 2011

July Preliminary Net Class 8 Orders Lowest Since September 2010

Preliminary data just released by FTR Associates shows July Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM's at 18,532, the lowest monthly total since September of 2010

August 2, 2011

DOT Says Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 15.7% YoY in May

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and Canada and Mexico was 15.7% higher in May 2011 than in May 2010, totaling $77.3 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation

July 28, 2011

Containerized Imports Drop 1.7% in June

Containerized ocean imports moving through U.S. seaports in June declined 1.7% year-over-year, but were still up 6.3 percent in the first half of the year, reported The Journal of Commerce/PIERS

July 13, 2011

Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index Up 1% In June

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, issued by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Ceridian Corporation, rose 1% in June on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis

July 13, 2011

ATA Outlook: Cautious Optimism

The American Trucking Associations delivered its second quarter report Tuesday, outlining an industry, and an economy, struggling to overcome recession. Chief Economist Bob Costello pulled no punches about our precarious recovery, yet offered a generally bright look toward the future in the webinar. "In terms of a summary, I am cautiously optimistic that we can have a better second half of the year," Costello said. "But it is not a given.

July 8, 2011

Spot Freight Index Up Over Month, Year

In June 2011, TransCore's spot freight index marked the sixth consecutive month with the highest same-month spot market freight availability. June also recorded the second-highest volume of any single month in the 15-year history of the Index

June 28, 2011

Truck Tonnage Index Falls 2.3% in May

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 2.3% in May after decreasing a revised 0.6% in April

June 14, 2011

Carrier Survey Says Expectations Still Strong

The recent Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey completed by Transport Capital Partners found more than 80 percent of the carriers responding were expecting volume increases within the next 12 months

June 13, 2011

Freight Shipping Volumes Flat, Economy 'Stalled,' Cass Says

Freight shipments declined slightly in May as the economy displayed more signs of slowdown, according to the Cass Freight Index for the month. Freight spending was almost unchanged as well, posting a meager 1.7 percent increase over the previous month

June 13, 2011

Economic Forecast from FTR: OK for the Near Term but Clouds on Horizon

Economist Noel Perry is optimistic about the near-term economic outlook. The current pause in activity falls within normal margins for a recovery and probably is not a sign of a double-dip recession, he said last week. But underlying problems in the housing market and the difficulty of resolving the U.S. debt crisis are causes for concern several years out, Perry said in a webinar hosted by FTR Associates, a leading transportation analysis group

June 10, 2011

DOT Freight Index Falls Slightly in April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1 percent in April from March, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index. The April decrease followed a rise in March

May 25, 2011

Tonnage Falls in April; Analysts Still Upbeat on Freight Growth

The American Trucking Associations' tonnage index fell 0.7 percent in April after gaining a revised 1.9 percent in March 2011, as durable goods orders slowed, but freight levels are predicted to continue moderate growth

May 22, 2011

Manufacturing and Housing Slide in April, Total Production Unchanged

The latest gauge on the manufacturing sector showed that production contracted 0.5 percent in April, the first month-to-month decline since June 2009. However, total industrial production, which includes mining and utilities in addition to manufacturing, was unchanged during the month

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


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