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May 25, 2011 - Industry News

Tonnage Falls in April; Analysts Still Upbeat on Freight Growth

The American Trucking Associations' tonnage index fell 0.7 percent in April after gaining a revised 1.9 percent in March 2011, as durable goods orders slowed, but freight levels are predicted to continue moderate growth

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May 22, 2011 - Industry News

Manufacturing and Housing Slide in April, Total Production Unchanged

The latest gauge on the manufacturing sector showed that production contracted 0.5 percent in April, the first month-to-month decline since June 2009. However, total industrial production, which includes mining and utilities in addition to manufacturing, was unchanged during the month

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April 27, 2011 - Industry News

March Durable Goods Orders Up $5 Billion

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase.

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April 17, 2011 - Industry News

Used-Truck Market Continues to Gain Despite Rising Fuel Prices

While rising fuel prices have caused some concern in the light-truck and car markets, they have yet to make a big impact on heavy- and medium-duty trucking, says Chris Visser, senior analyst with the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide

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April 13, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Index Continues to Fall

FTR Associates' Shippers' Condition Index continues to decline, reflecting tightening capacity in the trucking sector

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April 13, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fall 1.5 Percent in February from January

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry declined 1.5 percent in February from January, falling after two consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index

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April 12, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Jumps 2.7 Percent in March

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 2.7 percent on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis in March, more than offsetting the 0.3 percent decline in January and the 1.5 percent decline in February

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April 10, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Payments Up 33.6% Over Last Year, Cass Reports

Freight movements soared 6.9 percent in March, the first sizeable rise since August 2010, according to the March 2011 Cass Freight Index

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April 6, 2011 - Industry News

Net Orders, Backlogs, Rise in March

Orders for Class 8 trucks in North America rose to about 29,000 in March, according to industry analysis and forecasting firms, more than 150 percent from a year ago

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April 4, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Rises; Crude Reaches 30-Month High

National on-highway diesel prices climbed for the second week in a row, rising 4.4 cents to $3.976. The national average is up almost 96 cents from last year

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April 4, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore's Truckload Rate Index Up in March

Following a three-month decline, truckload rates for refrigerated vans increased 2.2 percent on the spot market in March compared to February, according to TransCore's Truckload Rate Index

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March 30, 2011 - Industry News

North American Surface Trade Up In January

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its NAFTA partners was 19.5 percent higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, reaching $67.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation

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March 27, 2011 - Industry News

Heavy Industry Drives Flatbed Uptick

A surge in flatbed freight and tightening capacity could lead to shortages this spring and summer. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Great Recession hit trucking hard, but the rebound has begun with the open-deck sector leading the charge back to profitability. For the week ending March 19, a 3.2 percent uptick in flatbed freight volume compared to the previous week helped lead overall truckload freight availability on TransCore's DAT Network of load boards to increase by 2 percent nationwide

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March 25, 2011 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Surge

Net orders of commercial trailers rose to 21,990 in February, a gain of over 25 percent from January, according to ACT Research. The commercial vehicle industry analysts also reported solid factory shipments in February, posting a 105 percent gain versus the same month last year

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March 24, 2011 - Industry News

Durable Goods Orders Fall, but Shipments Up

Orders for manufactured goods fell in February, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, but shipments were up slightly

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March 22, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Fell 2.9 Percent in February

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.9 percent in February after increasing a revised 3.5 percent in January 2011

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March 22, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore's Canadian Freight Index Continues to Climb, Sets New Record

TransCore's Canadian Freight Index sets another record for spot market freight volume with a month-over-month increase of 11 percent, despite February being a short month

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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