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July 13, 2011

ATA Outlook: Cautious Optimism

The American Trucking Associations delivered its second quarter report Tuesday, outlining an industry, and an economy, struggling to overcome recession. Chief Economist Bob Costello pulled no punches about our precarious recovery, yet offered a generally bright look toward the future in the webinar. "In terms of a summary, I am cautiously optimistic that we can have a better second half of the year," Costello said. "But it is not a given.

July 8, 2011

Spot Freight Index Up Over Month, Year

In June 2011, TransCore's spot freight index marked the sixth consecutive month with the highest same-month spot market freight availability. June also recorded the second-highest volume of any single month in the 15-year history of the Index

June 28, 2011

Truck Tonnage Index Falls 2.3% in May

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 2.3% in May after decreasing a revised 0.6% in April

June 14, 2011

Carrier Survey Says Expectations Still Strong

The recent Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey completed by Transport Capital Partners found more than 80 percent of the carriers responding were expecting volume increases within the next 12 months

June 13, 2011

Freight Shipping Volumes Flat, Economy 'Stalled,' Cass Says

Freight shipments declined slightly in May as the economy displayed more signs of slowdown, according to the Cass Freight Index for the month. Freight spending was almost unchanged as well, posting a meager 1.7 percent increase over the previous month

June 13, 2011

Economic Forecast from FTR: OK for the Near Term but Clouds on Horizon

Economist Noel Perry is optimistic about the near-term economic outlook. The current pause in activity falls within normal margins for a recovery and probably is not a sign of a double-dip recession, he said last week. But underlying problems in the housing market and the difficulty of resolving the U.S. debt crisis are causes for concern several years out, Perry said in a webinar hosted by FTR Associates, a leading transportation analysis group

June 10, 2011

DOT Freight Index Falls Slightly in April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1 percent in April from March, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index. The April decrease followed a rise in March

May 25, 2011

Tonnage Falls in April; Analysts Still Upbeat on Freight Growth

The American Trucking Associations' tonnage index fell 0.7 percent in April after gaining a revised 1.9 percent in March 2011, as durable goods orders slowed, but freight levels are predicted to continue moderate growth

May 22, 2011

Manufacturing and Housing Slide in April, Total Production Unchanged

The latest gauge on the manufacturing sector showed that production contracted 0.5 percent in April, the first month-to-month decline since June 2009. However, total industrial production, which includes mining and utilities in addition to manufacturing, was unchanged during the month

April 27, 2011

March Durable Goods Orders Up $5 Billion

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase.

April 17, 2011

Used-Truck Market Continues to Gain Despite Rising Fuel Prices

While rising fuel prices have caused some concern in the light-truck and car markets, they have yet to make a big impact on heavy- and medium-duty trucking, says Chris Visser, senior analyst with the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide

April 13, 2011

FTR Shippers Index Continues to Fall

FTR Associates' Shippers' Condition Index continues to decline, reflecting tightening capacity in the trucking sector

April 13, 2011

Freight Shipments Fall 1.5 Percent in February from January

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry declined 1.5 percent in February from January, falling after two consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index

April 12, 2011

Pulse of Commerce Index Jumps 2.7 Percent in March

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 2.7 percent on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis in March, more than offsetting the 0.3 percent decline in January and the 1.5 percent decline in February

April 10, 2011

Freight Payments Up 33.6% Over Last Year, Cass Reports

Freight movements soared 6.9 percent in March, the first sizeable rise since August 2010, according to the March 2011 Cass Freight Index

April 6, 2011

Net Orders, Backlogs, Rise in March

Orders for Class 8 trucks in North America rose to about 29,000 in March, according to industry analysis and forecasting firms, more than 150 percent from a year ago

April 4, 2011

Diesel Rises; Crude Reaches 30-Month High

National on-highway diesel prices climbed for the second week in a row, rising 4.4 cents to $3.976. The national average is up almost 96 cents from last year

April 4, 2011

TransCore's Truckload Rate Index Up in March

Following a three-month decline, truckload rates for refrigerated vans increased 2.2 percent on the spot market in March compared to February, according to TransCore's Truckload Rate Index

March 30, 2011

North American Surface Trade Up In January

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its NAFTA partners was 19.5 percent higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, reaching $67.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation

March 27, 2011

Heavy Industry Drives Flatbed Uptick

The Great Recession hit trucking hard, but the rebound has begun with the open-deck sector leading the charge back to profitability. For the week ending March 19, a 3.2 percent uptick in flatbed freight volume compared to the previous week helped lead overall truckload freight availability on TransCore's DAT Network of load boards to increase by 2 percent nationwide


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