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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

November 8, 1999

Load Postings Up 60% From 1998

DAT Services' load postings for October were up 60% from October 1998

October 29, 1999

Economic Mystery: Why GDP Jumps, Sales Are Static

According to the Commerce Department, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased at a 4.8% annual rate in the last quarter, up from 1.9% in the same quarter last year. But the growth rate for final sales

October 20, 1999

Freight Volume Growth Slows With The Economy

Gradually slowing spending growth is pulling freight volume down with it. The Heavy Duty Trucking freight volume index increased 1.1 points to 151.3 in the third quarter. The annual growth rate of the index slipped just under 3.5% after nearly two years in the 6-7% range

September 24, 1999

Freight Movement Growth Slowing

The growth in the amount of freight moved by truck is expected to slow, while currently California is producing the most loads and the best outbound-to-inbound load volume


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