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February 5, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Preliminary Orders Up Y/Y

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.

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

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

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.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Improves in November, but Concerns Linger

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.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight capacity

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Remains High in October

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.

Tags: FTR, TCI

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Hires Don Ake and Enhances Truck & Trailer Outlook

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.

Tags: Leadership, FTR

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy Truck Orders Top 20K for Second Straight Month

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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.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Edges Higher in September

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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, FTR, SCI

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Intermodal Update Adds New Seasonality Analysis

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.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Continues Positive Trend Ahead of Expected Late Year Decline

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.

Tags: HOS, FTR, TCI

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Preliminary October Class 8 Orders Strong

Credit: FTR

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.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR, Truck Sales

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's August Trucking Conditions Index Improves

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.52 in August is a full point improvement from the July reading.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Freight

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

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Steady in July

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.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight capacity

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

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.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Trailers, Truck Sales, FTR

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

July Trucking Conditions Index Makes Significant Jump

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.41 in July reflects a 30% improvement over the previous month’s reading. The jump reflects the indexes forward look at an expected pricing uptick for truckers this fall as capacity tightens with regulatory effects and decent freight demand.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Capacity

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Shippers Index Reflects Minimal Decreases in Truck Freight Capacity

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for June fell only marginally from the previous month to a current reading of -8.1. The minimal change reflects a relatively weak freight environment offsetting increased capacity constraints in advance of the hours-of-service rule implementation.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Freight capacity

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's June Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvement

As compared to the previous month’s revised index, June improved more than 30%. FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for June at 6.46 reflects a significantly revised index which now includes a factor for truckload pricing and an update to historical data.

Tags: FTR, TCI

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Reports Another Drop in Class 8 Order Activity for July

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing July Class 8 truck net orders at 17,307 the lowest level since September 2012. July orders were down 7% from June; however they were 38% better than the same month a year ago.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for May Remains Stable

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for May was basically unchanged from the level of the last few months at a -7.5 reading.

Tags: FTR, Shipper Conditions Index

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Reports Lower Class 8 Order Activity in June

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing June Class 8 truck net orders at 18,606, 18% less than May and the first month orders have been below 20,000 since November 2012.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for April Remains in Very Positive Territory

Modest rate increases are expected to resume as freight enjoys reasonable volume growth alongside the reduced trucking productivity that is the result of increased regulations.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Capacity

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Gives Insight Into State of General Economy, Trucking Industry

To sum up the general economic outlook for the upcoming months in one sentence: More of the same for 2013 and then better in 2014. That is how FTR Associates Senior Consultant Bill Witte predicted the overall economy will be in the near future at the recent State of Freight Summit held by FTR.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, FTR, State of Freight

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index For March Continues Favorable Trend

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for March as reported in the May 2013 Trucking Update reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12.

Tags: FTR, TCI

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for February Falls

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for February fell over two points following a similar decline in January. The current reading of -9.5 reflects an expectation for increasingly difficult conditions for shippers as 2013 progresses, which is good news for trucking companies.

Tags: FTR, SCI

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index For February Continues Upward Trend

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February reflected an increasingly improving outlook for trucking with another month-over-month increase of 2+ points to a reading of 12.9.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

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