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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

November 29, 2011

NAFTA Surface Trade Continues Year-to-Year Gains

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 13.8 percent higher in September 2011 than in September 2010, totaling $77.7 billion.

November 27, 2011

Commercial Trailer Orders at Highest Levels in 5 months

New and net trailer orders in October rose to their highest levels since April and May at 19,408 units and 17,384 units, respectively

November 27, 2011

Used Truck Volumes Slip in October

Reported volumes of used Classes 3-8 truck sales slipped back into negative territory in October, after enjoying a recovery in September. Scarce inventory and sustained demand may be the cause

November 22, 2011

Below-Trend Recovery Continues, Hindered by Policy Uncertainty

The National Association for Business Economics expects moderate economic growth through 2012, with little likelihood of another recession or an outbreak of inflation

November 22, 2011

Brokers Paying More Than Shippers in Fewer Lanes in Q3

Trucking companies received the highest rates from freight brokers and intermediaries in 13% of lanes in the third quarter, compared to 24 percent in Q2

November 22, 2011

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Shows Economy is Not Sliding into Recession

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.5% in October after rising a revised 1.5% in September 2011

November 21, 2011

Used Commercial Vehicle Registrations Hit Record Levels

Used commercial vehicle registrations for Classes 3-8 in the U.S. during the first three quarters of 2011 reached record levels at 649,900 units, surpassing the previous record for the first nine months of a calendar year by 23.9%

November 20, 2011

Class 8 Demand Hits Six-Month High in October: ACT

Class 8 new and net orders rose to six month highs in October, to 29,824 and 28,026 units, respectively

November 14, 2011

Spot Market Stays Strong through October

TransCore's North American Freight Index climbed 39% last month compared to October 2010. This was the highest same-month volume since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which drove spot-market demand to record levels in 2005

November 13, 2011

Cass Truckload Index Shows Better Linehaul Rates

Truckload carriers continue to command prices that are well above those from a year ago, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

November 11, 2011

ACT: Forecasts for Commercial Vehicles Basically Unchanged

ACT Research says its forecasts for medium- and heavy-duty truck production remain essentially unchanged, forecasting 295,000 Class 8 truck production for 2012

November 10, 2011

Spot Freight Index Up 39% Over Last Year

TransCore's Freight Index was up 39% in October compared to the same month in 2010. This measurement of spot market freight volume was the highest for the month of October since 2005, when pent-up demand boosted load volumes to record levels following Hurricane Katrina

November 9, 2011

BTS: Freight Shipments Rose 0.9% in September from August

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.9% in September from August, reaching the highest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

November 9, 2011

Pulse of Commerce Index Rises 1.1%

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 1.1% in October after three consecutive months of negative numbers, offsetting the 1% decline in September

November 9, 2011

FTR Shippers Condition Index Reflects Tighter Capacity, Higher Rates

FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index fell in September by 0.9 points from the previous month, signaling tightening trucking capacity

November 6, 2011

Cass October Freight Index Shows Volumes Down, Expenditures Up

The October Cass Freight Index report shows shipment volumes increased by 2% over last October, but decreased by 10% compared to September. Even with the decrease in volume, Cass says rates paid by shippers were up significantly in the same period.


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