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December 9, 2010

TransCore Shows 72 Percent Increase Y-o-Y in Spot Freight Availability for November

In November 2010, TransCore's market research shows a 72% increase in spot market freight availability, compared to November '09

December 8, 2010

BTS: Freight Transportation Services Index Up 0.2 Percent

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics is reporting the Freight Transportation Services Index rose for the second consecutive month

November 22, 2010

Tonnage Index Shows Some Bright Spots in Economy

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.8 percent in October after increasing a revised 1.8 percent in September

November 21, 2010

Diesel Production Jumped in October

A jump in demand for ultra-low-sulfur diesel in October suggests continued economic recovery, according to the American Petroleum Institute

November 11, 2010

Demand for Heavy-Duty Trucks on the Rebound

A combination of factors that are fueling a rebound in demand for Class 8 trucks could push production over 150,000 vehicles for 2010, according to ACT Research Co

November 10, 2010

Freight Index Rose 1 Percent in September from August

The federal government's Freight Transportation Services Index rose 1 percent in September from its August level, rising after a one-month decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

November 9, 2010

Diesel-Based Economic Index Predicts Weaker Holiday Season

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks diesel fuel purchases as an economic measure, fell 0.6 percent in October following a decline of 0.5 percent in September and a decline of 1 percent in August

November 3, 2010

North American Surface Trade Up 25% Over Last Year

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 25.3 percent higher in August 2010 than in August 2009

November 1, 2010

Slagle: Mack Trucks is Ready for the Good Times

With tremendous uncertainty still plaguing the housing market and therefore the construction sector, Denny Slagle, president and CEO of North American Trucks, the parent company of Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America, sees the on-highway market leading the recovery. And he says Mack is more than ready

October 19, 2010

Economic Experts Look at Economy During ATA Session

This economic recovery looks very different in some aspects from the "typical" recovery as a recession - but some of those differences are actually helping trucking recover faster than the general economy. In a panel discussion on the state of the economy during the American Trucking Associations' annual management conference in Phoenix this week, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said he was taking a "glass half full" approach to his outlook.

October 14, 2010

Freight Index Fell 0.6 Percent in August

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 0.6 percent in August from its July level, falling after two monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

October 13, 2010

Pulse of Commerce Index Declines for Second Consecutive Month

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which measures fuel sales as an economic indicator, fell .5 percent in September after falling 1 percent in August

September 30, 2010

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues Upward Trend

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index edged higher in August to a reading of 2.3. The Trucking Conditions Index from Freight Transportation Research Associates is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies. The August reading, which is the sixth consecutive reading in positive territory, reflects a healthy environment for trucking.

September 28, 2010

ATA Truck Tonnage Index up From Last Year, Down Month-to-Month

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.7 percent in August, which was the largest month-to-month decrease since March 2009. The index is up 2.9 percent compared to the same month a year ago

September 27, 2010

ATA Economist Predicts Supply Crunch Like Industry's Never Seen

Even though he doesn't expect the economy to grow very quickly, the American Trucking Associations' chief economist says we're heading into "a supply side story the likes of which we have probably never seen in our industry." The result will be higher rates, and the best drivers in demand like they've never been before

September 23, 2010

Chamber of Commerce Releases Indexes Connecting Infrastructure and Economy

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released what it says is a first-of-it-kind annual index designed to look over time at how U.S. transportation infrastructure is serving the needs of the U.S. economy and business community

September 16, 2010

Freight Index Reports Highest August Spot Market Since 2005

TransCore's North American Freight Index achieved its highest level for the month of August since 2005. Spot market freight availability in August increased 75 percent over August 2009.

September 14, 2010

Decline in the Pulse of Commerce Index Signals Struggling Economy, but no Double-Dip

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell 1 percent in August, a disappointing number that closes out an erratic summer in the PCI. The decline indicates an economy that is struggling to move forward, following July's increase of 1.7 percent and June's drop of 1.9 percent

September 13, 2010

Economist: Don't Panic About Recovery; Trucking in for Good Times

Continued high unemployment and three quarters of less-than-3-percent GDP do not mean we are headed into a double-dip recession. In fact, things are looking very good for trucking in this recovery, said trucking economist Noel Perry, speaking at the McLeod Software User Conference in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. However, he said, carriers need to learn how to deal with a more volatile business environment

September 13, 2010

Trucker Profit Improvement Points to Continued Rebound in Commercial Vehicle Sector

A strong rebound in net margins for publicly traded truckload companies in the second calendar quarter is expected to fuel continued improvement in demand for heavy-duty vehicles and trailers, according to ACT Research Co


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