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February 15, 2000

Trailer Sales Down Almost 20% in 1999

Shipments of trailers and chassis totaled 275,366 units in 1999, down 19.9% from 1999, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and the TruckTrailer Manufacturer's Assn

January 31, 2000

Recent Slowdown Doesn't Scare Navistar

Despite a recent slowdown industry heavy truck orders, Navistar International Corp. stands by it's 405,000 medium and heavy duty forecast made late last year. It also hasn't changed its target 29.9% return on equity for fiscal

January 28, 2000

It's Official: The Driver Shortage Threatens The Economy

How bad is the driver shortage? Bad enough for Wall Street to start calling it one of the biggest potential threats to the current economic boom. With the country entering a record 107th month of continuous economic

January 25, 2000

Industry Faces Used Truck Crisis

A looming crisis in used trucks could have a negative impact on the entire trucking industry, according to Freightliner president and CEO Jim Hebe

January 24, 2000

Owner-Operators Buy Mostly On Price

Nearly 70% of owner-operators say the deciding factor in purchases is price, according to a recent study

January 24, 2000

Class 8 Population Up 12% Since 1995

The newly released Profile of the Commercial Truck Market from Newport Communications reveals a 12% growth in the Class 8 truck population in the three-year period from 1995 to 1998

January 20, 2000

Truck Use Falls, Trailer Use Up In Fourth Quarter

Seasonal slowdowns and weakness in some sectors drove overall Class 6-8 vehicle utilization down some in fourth quarter 1999, but trailer utilization rose sharply, according to the latest survey by MacKay & Co.

January 19, 2000

Interest Rates Rise, But Is It Enough?

Friday's report on the January labor market suggests that economic growth is accelerating rather than declining, as was widely expected. 387,000 new jobs were added last month. Even after subtracting the 116,000 new construction jobs due

January 11, 2000

Freight To Grow In Five Regions

Population shifts are expected to lead to growth in freight movement in five regions of the country

December 22, 1999

Business Up For Fleets, Dealers, Distributors

Fleets in MacKay & Co.’s monthly survey continue to report strong markets and high levels of equipment utilization

December 21, 1999

U.S. Trucks Increase Holiday Role

The U.S. trucking industry is busier than ever delivering the goods for the 1999 holiday season

December 18, 1999

Trailer Sales Down Almost 18%

Trailer shipments through October totaled 234,105 units, down 17.9% from the same period in 1998, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Census and the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Assn

December 16, 1999

Detailed Freight Database Released By BTS

Trucks carried 71.7% of freight, measured by value, in the US in 1997, according to the Commodity Flow Survey just released as part of the 1997 Census of Business.

December 10, 1999

November Truck Sales Up 18.5% Over Last Year

November U.S. retail truck sales for Class 6-8 fell 7.3% from October to 35,719. But the total was 18.5% above last November.

December 6, 1999

Gen-X Will Impact Trucking Says Associates Exec

The rise of Generation X will have a significant impact on trucking, according to Dick Lanahan, president, Transportation Finance Group for The Associates. He says Gen-Xers have changed traditional, once successful, ways of doing business and he traces today's driver shortage to their reluctance to take less desirable jobs

December 2, 1999

Trailer Sales Remain Strong

A robust economy, trade expansion, accelerating manufacturing activity, strong consumer spending, and high levels of construction activity have kept trailer demand at relatively high levels, according to Economic Planning Associates.

November 29, 1999

E-Commerce Poses Huge Challenge, Says Eaton's Cutler

Just-in-time inventory management has been a boon for the truck industry, and e-commerce may be its greatest future challenge, according to Eaton president and COO Sandy Cutler. In his keynote address at the NationaLease annual convention,

November 16, 1999

China Could Boost U.S. Trucking

The U.S.-China trade agreement on Nov. 16 clears the last major hurdle for China to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) early next year. This will open the huge Chinese market to the world economy and strengthen both the truck equipment and truck freight markets in the U.S

November 15, 1999

Trailer Shipments Down

Trailer shipments through September totaled 210,671 units, down 17.1% from the same period last year, according to the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Assn. and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Shipments by type: Vans, 166,765, down 20.2%. Tanks, 4,606, down

November 12, 1999

Fleet Operating Margins Improve

The composite profit margin for 1,523 for-hire carriers in the latest TTS Blue Book of Trucking Companies has improved to 2.8%. The data, based on 1998 figures, shows a 9.4% increase in costs since 1997 but


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