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March 20, 2011 - Industry News

N.A. Heavy-Duty Order Backlog Approaching 100,000 Units

A year ago, they couldn't give away new trucks, now you have to wait in line for one. ACT Research Company says heavy net order volume in recent months has pushed the Class 8 heavy-duty backlog volume to just under 100,000 units

Tags: Economy

March 11, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Remains in Low Territory

FTR's Shippers Condition Index remained in low territory in February, meaning carriers are continuing to gain leverage over rates. FTR expects the index, which was at -5.2 in February, to fall further as the outlook for capacity shortages worsen in the seasonally strong spring months

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March 10, 2011 - Industry News

Weekly Spot Market Freight Volumes Hit Two-Year High

Truckload freight availability on TransCore's DAT Network of load boards increased by 12 percent nationwide in the week ending March 5, showing the strongest load volume for a single week since TransCore began reporting weekly levels in January 2008

Tags: Economy

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

February PCI Continues to Signal Slow Growth

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell in January and February, but was still the 15th straight month of year over year growth, indicating that economic recovery, while fragile, remains under way

Tags: Economy

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Up in January; Largest Annual Increase Since 2002

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.9 percent in January from a revised December level, rising for the second consecutive month, reported the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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March 7, 2011 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Reflects Improving Economy

The Cass Freight Index shows February shipments up 2.6 percent from last month and 11.4 percent from last year, while freight expenditures are up 35 percent year over year

Tags: Economy

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Reports Van and Flatbed Rates Continue to Rise

Van rates nationwide increased 2.6 percent in the last two weeks as markets affected by recent winter storms recovered.

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March 1, 2011 - Industry News

North American Surface Trade Up Nearly 14% Year Over Year in December

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 13.8 percent higher in December 2010 than in December 2009, reaching $66.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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February 28, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues to Improve

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the March Trucking Update, rose to 9.1 in January from a December reading of 7.1

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February 24, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore: Backhaul Freight Market Remains Steady

TransCore's DAT Network of load boards showed modest growth the week of February 14, following a dramatic increase in van and reefer freight the week of February 7

Tags: Economy

February 23, 2011 - Industry News

ATA: Truck Tonnage Index Surged 3.8 Percent in January

The latest tonnage numbers indicate that the economy is growing at a good clip early in 2011.

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.8 percent in January after rising a revised 2.5 percent in December 2010

Tags: Economy

February 16, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Reports Record Spot Market Volumes

According to TransCore's North American Freight Index, spot market freight volume was the highest in the company's 30-year history for the month of January

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February 15, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Reflects Tightening Capacity

FTR Associates has lowered its Shippers Condition Index to reflect tightening carrier capacity, particularly in the truckload sector

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February 14, 2011 - Industry News

Van Rates Beginning to Rise After Month-long Decline

TransCore's Truckload Rate Index is showing some positive signs in early February after lack-luster January

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February 14, 2011 - Industry News

Forecast: A Long Climb Out of Recession but a Busy Couple of Years for Trucking

Pending reforms in the driver hours of service rules will drive a steep increase in productivity drag over the next several years.

It's going to take many years to rebuild the economy from the Great Recession, but there are positive signs for the near term, and the outlook is good for trucking over the next couple of years, says economist Noel Perry, senior consultant for FTR Associates

Tags: Economy

February 10, 2011 - Industry News

January Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index Posts 14th Consecutive Month of Year-over-Year Growth

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell 0.3 percent in January, giving up some, but retaining much of December's exceptional 1.8 percent sequential gain

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February 9, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Transportation Services Index Up 1.5% in December from November

The Freight Transportation Services Index rose 1.5 percent in December from its November level, rising after one monthly decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today

Tags: Economy

February 8, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore's North American Freight Index Records Highest January Volumes Ever

January spot-market freight availability increased 62 percent over January 2010 volumes, according to TransCore's North American Freight Index

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February 7, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Says Average Linehaul Rate Back to December Level of $1.55 per Mile

A 2.1 percent increase in flatbed rates nationwide brought the average line haul rate back up to December levels of $1.55 per mile, according to TransCore Truckload Trendline

Tags: Economy

February 6, 2011 - Industry News

January Cass Freight Index up 27% Year Over Year

According to the Cass Freight Index, freight shipments declined in January for the second consecutive month, but were higher than levels for the same period in 2010.

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February 1, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Condition Index Increases to New High

FTR's Trucking Condition Index rose to 7.1 in December, the highest level yet recorded during the current recovery

Tags: Economy

January 25, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Tonnage Index Jumps 2.2 Percent

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.2 percent in December after falling a revised 0.6 percent in November. The latest improvement put the index at its highest level since September 2008

Tags: Economy

January 17, 2011 - Industry News

Economy, Trucking Looking Up for 2011

A string of economic experts and industry analysts offered a more optimistic look at the economic and trucking industry outlook for 2011 -- albeit with some downsides -- during the annual Heavy Duty Dialogue event put on Monday by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association in Las Vegas

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January 13, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Says Shipper Index Neutral; Predicts Tightening Carrier Capacity

FTR Associates says while its Shippers Condition Index is currently at neutral, it expects that will shortly change as carrier capacity tightens and the economy comes out of its recent pause

Tags: Economy

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Falls 0.3% in November from October

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index fell 0.3 percent in November from its October level, declining after two monthly increases

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