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June 3, 2014

May Class 8 Orders Show Strongest Performance since 2006

Class 8 orders have now had sixteen consecutive months with year-over-year increases. Class 8 orders for the latest six month period through May annualize to 343,000 units.

May 19, 2014

Index Negative for Shippers, Positive for Trucking

A measure of business conditions for shippers remained deep in negative territory in March, meaning the climate favored trucking companies, according to a newly released report.

January 28, 2014

IANA Intermodal Expo Moves to September in 2014

The Intermodal Association of North America has announced a series of additions to the Intermodal Expo. Taking place Sept. 21-23 in Long Beach, Calif., the 2014 Intermodal EXPO will be a stand-alone event for the first time in 11 years.

November 12, 2013

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

FTR's Noel Perry discussed the role of regulatory shocks in capacity and freight rates, plus the economic backdrop to what's going on in the industry, in FTR's recent State of Freight conference call.

September 12, 2013

FTR Gears up for Annual Conference

FTR Associates' 2013 Transportation Conference, "Insights for Uncertain Times," will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Historic Union Station in Indianapolis. More than 40 industry speakers and panelists will provide insight on the economy and all modes of freight transportation.

July 11, 2013

An Early Take on the Impact of the Hours of Service Changes

It is too soon to measure the full impact of the changes in the hours of service rule, but the carriers that will be most affected are high-output truckload fleets that have drivers out on the road for weeks at a time, says Noel Perry, an economist with FTR Associates.

July 10, 2013

No Change in FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May at 12.4 is unchanged from the previous month, continuing to reflect a positive environment for trucking -- one that, combined with the new hours of service regulations restricting capacity, should result in some higher rates.

June 5, 2013

May Preliminary Net Orders Flat for Class 8

Both FTR Associates and ACT Research have reported preliminary data for May Class 8 truck net orders that were essentially flat.

May 15, 2013

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for March Improves

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for March eased from February’s level of -9.5 reading to a current reading of -7.3, indicating a slightly improved but still negative environment for shippers, which conversely means an improved environment for carriers.

May 3, 2013

April Truck Orders Up Year Over Year

Class 8 truck orders for April are expected to come in between about 23,000 and 23,300, which is higher than last year and marks the fifth month in a row orders have been above 20,000, according to two leading trucking number-crunchers.

March 5, 2013

Orders for New Trucks Pick Up Steam in February

Two separate reports show orders for new commercial trucks in North America were good through the first two months of the year.

February 4, 2013

Preliminary Class 8 Orders for January Show Improvement

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing January Class 8 truck net orders at 22,235, 7% higher than December but down 11% year-over-year. Orders for Class 8 vehicles have been above the 20,000 mark for the past four months, showing some strength after a soft period mid-year 2012.

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