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January 11, 2011 - Industry News

Year-End Surge Reported in Latest Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index surged 2.4 percent in December and pushed the PCI above its previous 2010 peak established in May. This performance, combined with November's 0.4 percent increase, was enough to offset three previous consecutive months of decline

Tags: Economy

January 6, 2011 - Industry News

December Class 8 Net Orders Top 25,000

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing December Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM's at 25,247 units, only a slight 3% drop from the strong November activity

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January 5, 2011 - Industry News

BTS: October Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Tops $70 billion

September and October month-to-month comparison revealed a 3.3 percent improvement in NAFTA surface trade, BTS says.

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 14.9 percent higher in October 2010 than in October 2009, reaching $70.6 billio

Tags: Economy

January 4, 2011 - Industry News

Manufacturing Numbers Point to a Stronger Year Ahead

December figures show the economy has expanded for the 17th straight month.

Tax cuts, renewed consumer confidence, expansion in the manufacturing sector and even a rise in construction spending are all giving the economy a much needed New Year's boost

Tags: Economy

January 4, 2011 - Industry News

Texas Leads U.S. in Inbound Migration, Michigan Leads in Outbound Moves

Allied Van Lines moved 1,640 families into Texas in 2010.

For the sixth year in a row, Texas eclipsed every other state and took the lead as the No. 1 magnet state in 2010, based on Allied Van Lines 43rd Annual Magnet States Report, which tracks U.S. migration patterns

Tags: Economy

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Net Orders Surge 23 Percent

Net orders of commercial trailers rose to 21,314 in November, a 23 percent increase over October's performance that was the strongest month in over two years. ACT Research Co. (ACT) also reported that November net orders were up 215 percent from the same month last year

Tags: Economy

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

ATA: Truck Tonnage index fell 0.1 Percent in November

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index edged 0.1 percent lower in November after increasing a revised 0.9 percent in October

Tags: Economy

December 9, 2010 - Industry News

TransCore Shows 72 Percent Increase Y-o-Y in Spot Freight Availability for November

TransCore DAT Services Top 15 Activity States, November 2010

In November 2010, TransCore's market research shows a 72% increase in spot market freight availability, compared to November '09

Tags: Economy

December 8, 2010 - Industry News

BTS: Freight Transportation Services Index Up 0.2 Percent

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics is reporting the Freight Transportation Services Index rose for the second consecutive month

Tags: Economy

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Tonnage Index Shows Some Bright Spots in Economy

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.8 percent in October after increasing a revised 1.8 percent in September

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November 21, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Production Jumped in October

A jump in demand for ultra-low-sulfur diesel in October suggests continued economic recovery, according to the American Petroleum Institute

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November 11, 2010 - Industry News

Demand for Heavy-Duty Trucks on the Rebound

A combination of factors that are fueling a rebound in demand for Class 8 trucks could push production over 150,000 vehicles for 2010, according to ACT Research Co

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November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Freight Index Rose 1 Percent in September from August

The federal government's Freight Transportation Services Index rose 1 percent in September from its August level, rising after a one-month decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

Tags: Economy

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel-Based Economic Index Predicts Weaker Holiday Season

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks diesel fuel purchases as an economic measure, fell 0.6 percent in October following a decline of 0.5 percent in September and a decline of 1 percent in August

Tags: Economy

November 3, 2010 - Industry News

North American Surface Trade Up 25% Over Last Year

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 25.3 percent higher in August 2010 than in August 2009

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November 1, 2010 - Industry News

Slagle: Mack Trucks is Ready for the Good Times

With tremendous uncertainty still plaguing the housing market and therefore the construction sector, Denny Slagle, president and CEO of North American Trucks, the parent company of Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America, sees the on-highway market leading the recovery. And he says Mack is more than ready

Tags: Economy

October 19, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Experts Look at Economy During ATA Session

This economic recovery looks very different in some aspects from the "typical" recovery as a recession - but some of those differences are actually helping trucking recover faster than the general economy. In a panel discussion on the state of the economy during the American Trucking Associations' annual management conference in Phoenix this week, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said he was taking a "glass half full" approach to his outlook.

Tags: Economy

October 14, 2010 - Industry News

Freight Index Fell 0.6 Percent in August

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 0.6 percent in August from its July level, falling after two monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Tags: Economy

October 13, 2010 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Declines for Second Consecutive Month

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which measures fuel sales as an economic indicator, fell .5 percent in September after falling 1 percent in August

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September 30, 2010 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues Upward Trend

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index edged higher in August to a reading of 2.3. The Trucking Conditions Index from Freight Transportation Research Associates is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies. The August reading, which is the sixth consecutive reading in positive territory, reflects a healthy environment for trucking.

Tags: Economy

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index up From Last Year, Down Month-to-Month

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.7 percent in August, which was the largest month-to-month decrease since March 2009. The index is up 2.9 percent compared to the same month a year ago

Tags: Economy

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Economist Predicts Supply Crunch Like Industry's Never Seen

The cream of the crop drivers will be in high demand as increased demand and new regulations collide. (Photo by Jim Park)

Even though he doesn't expect the economy to grow very quickly, the American Trucking Associations' chief economist says we're heading into "a supply side story the likes of which we have probably never seen in our industry." The result will be higher rates, and the best drivers in demand like they've never been before

Tags: Economy

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Chamber of Commerce Releases Indexes Connecting Infrastructure and Economy

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released what it says is a first-of-it-kind annual index designed to look over time at how U.S. transportation infrastructure is serving the needs of the U.S. economy and business community

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September 16, 2010 - Industry News

Freight Index Reports Highest August Spot Market Since 2005

TransCore's North American Freight Index achieved its highest level for the month of August since 2005. Spot market freight availability in August increased 75 percent over August 2009.

Tags: Economy

September 14, 2010 - Industry News

Decline in the Pulse of Commerce Index Signals Struggling Economy, but no Double-Dip

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell 1 percent in August, a disappointing number that closes out an erratic summer in the PCI. The decline indicates an economy that is struggling to move forward, following July's increase of 1.7 percent and June's drop of 1.9 percent

Tags: Economy

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