April 9, 2014
2014 may be a very volatile year requiring increased shipper attention to market conditions. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for February, at a reading of -8.8, reflects an earlier than normal tightening of capacity created by the debilitating effects of winter storms in early 2014.
April 4, 2014
Preliminary numbers from two industry data analysts show the number of heavy and medium-duty truck orders in March were solid.
April 2, 2014
A new report shows business conditions in the trucking industry remain positive, despite a slight downturn, amid warnings of a possible capacity shortage.
March 6, 2014
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.
March 5, 2014
ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.
February 6, 2014
FTR's forecast for the 2014 U.S. Trailer is 240,000 units, a 2.2% increase over 2013. FTR expects dry vans to show a 2% year-over-year increase while reefer vans will remain flat. Flatbeds, dumps and low beds are all expected to show greater increases as construction and manufacturing improve.
February 5, 2014
January NA Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,000 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 34,700 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to ACT Research.
January 24, 2014
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.
January 23, 2014
FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index conditions for November, at -6.0, continued to reflect a negative environment for shippers despite improving for the third straight month after hitting a low point in August.
December 10, 2013
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.18 in October, while down marginally from the previous month, remains high due to capacity tightness from regulatory drag.
December 9, 2013
FTR has hired Don Ake as vice president of commercial vehicles. In his new role with the company, Ake is directing the enhancement of FTR’s Truck & Trailer Outlook product.
December 3, 2013
November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.
November 19, 2013
Even though FTR's Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September along with a small improvement in the environment affecting shippers it is not expected to hold.
November 10, 2013
A monthly analysis of seasonality trends is the latest feature to be added to FTR's Intermodal Update publication. This new feature will provide a detailed view each month of the how current performance and seasonal patterns compare to those seen over the past ten years.
November 7, 2013
FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.97 in September continues to show a positive environment for trucking. The index is expected to peak in October after which the full impact of the newly enacted hours-of-service rules negatively affect trucking.
November 6, 2013
FTR and ACT Research released preliminary data showing October Class 8 net orders were up for October. FTR reported that Class 8 preliminary orders rose 39% from September to 25,960 units.
October 11, 2013
FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.52 in August is a full point improvement from the July reading.
October 3, 2013
Class 8 orders rose compared to August and a year ago. When actual data is available mid-month, Class 8 orders are expected at 20,100 units.
October 2, 2013
FTR's Shippers Conditions Index for July, with a reading of -8.3, was basically unchanged from the previous month reflecting relatively modest freight volume growth combined with some capacity constraints caused by new regulations.
September 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.
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