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March 20, 2001

Fed Cuts U.S. Interest Rates

The Fed has spoken. Tuesday, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates for the third time this year

March 19, 2001

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Trucking companies won't be surprised by a business consultant's survey that trucking is perceived as one of the hardest-hit businesses by the economic slowdown. But they may not think about what they need to do to

March 16, 2001

Freight Volume To Grow As Inventories Decrease

Lower inventories are the key to a growth in freight volume later this year. In spite of headlines about layoffs, lower profits and plunging stock prices, there are very clear signs that the economy is now on the upswin

March 16, 2001

2000 Big Year for Tires

Truck makers may be in a slump, but more tires than ever rolled off assembly lines and onto highways last year

March 6, 2001

Load Availability Expected to Pick Up This Month

Although available loads continued to tighten beyond the normal seasonal trend in January and February, they have started to pick up

February 28, 2001

Economic Stats Mixed, Interest Cut in the Works

The latest government numbers confirm what most truckers already know: Business is down. But there are signs of improvement

February 21, 2001

NAFTA Economic Growth Continues to Slow

The sharp slowdown in economic growth in the U.S. is beginning to depress economic growth in Canada and, to a lesser extent, in Mexico

February 13, 2001

Greenspan Senate Address Offers Hope for Beleaguered Trucking Industry

Tuesday's economic news read like a Dickens novel: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

February 13, 2001

Trucking Profits Slide As Business Increases

Business is up at many of the nation's trucking companies, but profits are falling at a faster rate

February 12, 2001

Truck Sales Drop, But There's A Pulse

Retail truck sales continued their fall last month, but prospects of a recovery are brightening. January Class 6-8 sales of 22,705 units were the lowest January in four years. January is a seasonally weak month for truck sales.

January 31, 2001

Trucking Welcomes Interest Rate Cut

Trucking and the rest of the U.S. economy received news they were hoping for yesterday, helping overshadow other glum financial reports issued earlier in the day and on Tuesday

January 31, 2001

A Weaker Economy, But No Recession Expected

There has been talk that we will see the first economic recession in 10 years, but a soft landing and slow growth for about a year is more likely

January 26, 2001

Small Operator Equity The Key To Recovery

Freightliner president Jim Hebe (pictured) believes a lot of the industry's current woes can be traced back to circumstances that prevented smaller operators from building equity

January 26, 2001

Truck Sales Projections Dismal but Uncertain

The economy and the topic of used truck values was a recurring theme throughout Freightliner President Jim Hebe's State of the Industry briefing Thursday at Freightliner headquarters in Portland, Ore. But the market projections made everyone sit up

January 25, 2001

Expect Recovery By Year End, Economic Guru Says

The slowing economy, while not a classic recession, means the trucking industry will struggle through the first half of the year - but it will get better

January 3, 2001

Feds Drop Interest Rate; Could be Good News for Trucking

In a rare between-meetings decision, the Federal Reserve has cut a key interest rate by half a point trying to keep the nation out of a recession. The first decrease in rates in two years could be good new

December 29, 2000

Will Fleets Buy More Trucks?

Editor's Note: This is the final installment in a series of predictions for 2001, both serious and tongue-in-cheek, from's editors. Our economist offers thoughts on how the economy will affect truck sales, while Truck Sales &

December 29, 2000

The View From Behind the Mic

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of predictions for 2001, both serious and tongue-in-cheek, from's editors. The Million Trucker March will be organized as the single biggest protest ever over high fuel prices.

December 14, 2000

FedEx, UPS: Holiday Volume Shows Impact of Slowing Economy

FedEx Corp. and UPS yesterday both announced that they are expecting flat growth this month thanks to soft shipment volumes

December 7, 2000

Major Papers Report on Truckers' Hard Times

The rest of the world is starting to sit up and notice how the trucking industry is struggling. Two major papers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Boston Herald, are among those that have taken a look at trucking's hard time


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