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October 20, 2013 - Industry News

'Eyes on the Economy' Panel Examines 'OK' Economy

The &#39;Eyes on the Economy&#39; panel featured, from left, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, ACT Research&#39;s Kenny Vieth, and Mark Vitner from Wells Fargo. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)<br />

The economy and freight continues to chug along in an "OK" mode, while stagnant capacity and new and pending regulations put the industry "on the cusp of a capacity crunch" if the economy speeds up, according to a panel of economic and industry experts at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention Sunday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, ACT Research, Truck Tonnage, ATA2013

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders to Outpace August, Medium-Duty Orders Reach 16,500

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.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, FTR

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Average Price of Class 8 Used Trucks Better Than Expected

The average selling price of total reported Class 8 used trucks continued to hold up better than expected in August, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

September 23, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Better, But Backlog Still Thin

Every trailer category posted month-over-month order gains in August, according to the most recent update on industry performance reported in the State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Classes 5-8 Orders Good in August; Orders Placed with Short Lead Times

As expected from the preliminary report, August was a good month for Classes 5-8 orders. However, the absence of sustained economic strength remains a limitation for Class 8 demand, and build expectations have been sharply curtailed over the past two months.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research

September 6, 2013 - Industry News

August Preliminary Net Orders Up for Class 8 and Classes 5-7

August saw Class 8 orders rise to their highest level in three months with a preliminary reading of 19,500 units (+20%y/y). The August seasonal factor is the third lowest in 2013. When applied, August’s seasonally adjusted Class 8 order total rises to 22,000 units. The August SA reading represents the third best order month in the past 20.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Class 8 Used Truck Volumes Recover in July from June Slump

Volumes for used Class 8 trucks sold in July recovered from the steep decline they experienced in June. All three market segments, auction, retail and wholesale, contributed to the sequential gain, with the total market improving 4% month-over-month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Below Expectations in July

Even with the appropriate seasonal perspective, trailer order volume was below expectations in July. July net orders of 12,739 units were down 17% month-over-month.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Orders Fall as Expected in July

The third quarter is historically the weakest order period of the year and July is the weakest month. July Class 8 orders fell to just under 17,600 units, down 7% month-over-month, but up 36% compared to year-ago July.

Tags: ACT Research, Commercial Vehicle Orders

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

July Preliminary Net Orders On Target

As expected, North American Class 8 net orders were lower in July, with the preliminary count coming in at 17,600 units. Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 36% stronger.

Tags: ACT Research

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Net Orders Up 7% in June

Nearly 15,400 net trailer orders were received in June, up 7% from May. This update on industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Sales at Nine-Month High While June Orders Drop

Although commercial vehicle orders slipped month over month in June, there was still good news to be had, with heavy-duty retail sales at a nine-month high when seasonally adjusted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Dealers

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

June Preliminary Class 8 Net Orders Take a Holiday

In typical seasonal fashion, North America Class 8 orders fell in June, with the preliminary count coming in at 18,900 units. Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 13% stronger.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pricing for Used Trucks Remains in Narrow Band

Volumes for used Class 8 trucks slipped slightly in May due to the retail market slowing 4% month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Orders Soft in May Against Strong April

New trailer orders of 15,660 trailers fell 30% month over month but the result was mostly due a comparison to a very strong April.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Class 8, FTR Associates, ACT Research

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Trailer Industry Orders Jump in April

After suffering a weak March, net trailer orders jumped 29% month over month in April, stronger than predicted by seasonality. However, year to date, net orders lag by 10% compared to 2012.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Demand Steady, But Used Class 8 Market Down 5% M/M

The used truck market was unable to book a third month of sequential improvement in April, due to a 33%+ contraction in the auction segment of the market. The retail and wholesale segments rose 2% and 19%, respectively, month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

April Class 8 Orders Up 36% Year-Over-Year

ACT Research said Class 8 vehicle orders in April stayed above 20,000 units for a seventh consecutive month. This total is the second highest volume of orders in 16 months, ACT stated.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Sales

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Truck Sales, FTR Associates, ACT Research

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Used Truck Volumes Up Second Consecutive Month

The used truck market enjoyed a second consecutive month of improved volumes in March as the auction market roared back to life in March, growing 126% giving the overall market a 4% boost month over month.

Tags: Auction, ACT Research, Used Truck, Dealers

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

March Trailer Orders Down, Cancellations Negligible

Net trailer orders for March were down 6% month-over-month and 12% year-over-year. This update on industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. “Although orders are down, the orders being placed appear genuine, as cancellation activity has been negligible for most trailer categories,” said Frank Maly, director-CV Transportation with ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ACT: Falling Class 8 Cancellations Precursor to Stronger Demand

Class 8 orders rose above 20,000 units for a sixth consecutive month in March, but fell sequentially for the first time since November, says ACT Research. However, cancellations fell to their lowest levels since Q3’10 for the second time in the past three months.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research

April 4, 2013 - Industry News

March Class 8 Orders Not as Weak as First Glance May Appear

Preliminary numbers for March show Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly from February, but analysts are not concerned by when they see as a temporary dip.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Truck Sales, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 8

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy-Truck Orders Move Higher, Used Truck Market Stabilizes, Caution Over Trailers

Three separate new reports paint a picture of healthy new heavy truck sales and an improving used-truck market, but a market for trailers that is still relatively weak.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, ACT Research

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