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Optimism Spurs Increased Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Predictions
Optimism Spurs Increased Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Predictions

March 27, 2017
There was a sense of optimism in the air at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week. As truck makers and suppliers made their...

Economic Fundamentals Better Than They Appear
Economic Fundamentals Better Than They Appear

October 18, 2015
PHILADELPHIA — Freight volumes and GDP growth have not been as high as many hoped this year, but trucking companies should be ready for growth to return to...

Slow Economic Growth Likely to Continue; Fed Policy Big Unknown
Slow Economic Growth Likely to Continue; Fed Policy Big Unknown

October 8, 2015
One economist is predicting continued slow growth for the economy, but believes our current economic models aren’t working when it comes to federal fiscal...

Economy Still Sending Mixed Signals as Capacity Crunch Looms
Economy Still Sending Mixed Signals as Capacity Crunch Looms

March 10, 2015
Some economic indicators have not bounced back as well as others in the recovery from the Great Recession, but trucking is doing well, and a capacity crunch...

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy
Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

July 3, 2014
Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above...

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening
FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

November 12, 2013
FTR's Noel Perry discussed the role of regulatory shocks in capacity and freight rates, plus the economic backdrop to what's going on in the industry, in...

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

October 20, 2013
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...

Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4
Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4

October 10, 2013
Freight costs continued to rise in September, showing the largest month-to-month increase since March, but it's not due to a raise in rates. Meanwhile,...

Stifel: Soft Economy Makes Rate Hikes Tough, Despite Driver Shortage
Stifel: Soft Economy Makes Rate Hikes Tough, Despite Driver Shortage

September 5, 2013
Although a "cavalcade of regulations" is expected to make it harder than ever to find drivers, an economy that continues to grow at a sub-potential rate...

TCA Fleet Panel Sees Drop in Driver Applications, But Positive Signs on Economy, Freight, Rates
TCA Fleet Panel Sees Drop in Driver Applications, But Positive Signs on Economy, Freight, Rates

March 6, 2013
The driver shortage is already intensifying, with the number of both new and experienced driver applicants down over the last couple of months, as economic...

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