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April 23, 2009

Record-Low Household Moving Rate Hits Household Goods Industry Hard

New Census Bureau figures showing Americans moved last year at the lowest rate in 40 years. That's consistent with industry data compiled by the American Moving & Storage Association, which also finds the trend continuing into 2009

April 5, 2009

March Economic Numbers: Unemployment Up, Factor Orders Rise

Another 663,000 jobs were lost in March and unemployment rose, while for-hire trucking payrolls fell nearly 15,000. However, there were some glimmers of hope in some numbers last week that are used to measure the manufacturing sector

April 4, 2009

Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks Hit Hard by Economic Weakness

Highway tractors continue to depreciate at a heavy rate, according to a report by the American Truck Dealers Official Commercial Truck Guide

March 25, 2009

ATA Truck Tonnage index rose 1.7 Percent in February

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index edged 1.7 percent higher in February 2009, marking the second consecutive month-to-month increase

March 24, 2009

Department of Energy Says Wide Single Truck Tires Cut Fuel Costs by 6 to 10 Percent

A 383-page report made available last week by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory confirms that wide single tires are more fuel efficient than duals on heavy trucks

March 19, 2009

Zempel at Pegasus Transtech Event Sounds Upbeat Note on Economy

The U.S. is not in a depression, said Clare Zempel, a noted economist and financial advisor, in remarks Wednesday at the Pegasus Transtech Users Conference in Clearwater, Fla

March 16, 2009

2009 Tire Shipments to Drop Seven Percent

Tire shipments are projected to drop more than 7 percent in 2009 following a nearly 9 percent drop in 2008, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association

March 16, 2009

Trucking Continues to Dominate Freight Movement

Despite the current weakness in demand for freight transportation services caused by the nation's recession, the long-term outlook remains bright for all modes of freigh

March 11, 2009

Freight Transportation Services Index Falls 2.3 Percent in January

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 2.3 percent in January from its December level, falling for the third consecutive month to its lowest level in more than five years

February 27, 2009

Truck Tonnage Index Rises 3 Percent In January, Down 10.8 Percent From Last Year

A 3-percent month-over-month increase in the American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index in January did little to erase the revised 7.8 percent contraction in December 2008

February 25, 2009

Freight Outlook Deteriorates Further

Calling it "the worst market in a generation," transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates released its mid-month North American Commercial Truck and Trailer Outlook flash report this week, showing a further weakening in freight and equipment demand

February 22, 2009

Putting the Recession in Perspective

"There is nothing typical about a typical recession. They're all unique," said Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, during Heavy Duty Dialogue '09 last week

February 11, 2009

Freight Index Falls 2.3 Percent in December

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 2.3 percent in December from its November level, falling for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported

January 30, 2009

FTR: Uncertainty, Overcapacity Key Themes for 2009 Economy

In its "Recession Update" webinar for customers Friday, transportation research and forecasting firm FTR Associates painted a picture of a challenging 2009 economic environment, with many uncertainties affecting predictions for the end of this recession

January 26, 2009

ATA Tonnage Index Plummets 11 Percent

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index plunged 11.1 percent in December 2008, marking the largest month-to-month reduction since April 1994, when the unionized less-than-truckload industry was in the midst of a strike

January 26, 2009

NABE Survey Confirms Worsening Recession

A survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics confirmed that the U.S. recession deepened in the fourth quarter of 2008, depicting the worst business conditions since the survey began in 1982

January 14, 2009

Federal Freight Index Lowest in Five Years

The federal government's Freight Transportation Services Index fell 1.4 percent in November from its October level, falling after a one-month rise

January 14, 2009

Truck Repos Down in 2008

There were actually fewer truck repossessions in 2008 than there were in 2007, according to Nassau Asset Management's NasTrac quarterly index, but still many more than 2006

January 8, 2009

Construction Companies Planning Layoffs This Year

An estimated two-thirds of the nation's non-residential construction companies are planning to cut their payrolls, according to new employment and business forecast figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America

January 7, 2009

Stifel, Nicolaus Analysts Look Into Crystal Ball

In their first "think piece" of the new year, the transportation analysts at Stifel, Nicolaus predicted increasing regulations that will constrain capacity increases as we come out of the economic downturn.


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