Truck News


  • Shippers Conditions Index falls in December

    February 24, 2020 2:02PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for December slipped to 4.6 from its November reading of 7, the transportation intelligence provider said Monday. “While not as strong as November, utilization and logistics costs remained positive factors, with December freight

  • ECONOMIC WATCH: FTR voices concern over coronavirus

    February 13, 2020 1:31PM by Abdul Latheef

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The still-evolving coronavirus epidemic is casting a shadow over an already-struggling trucking industry, according to transportation intelligence provider FTR. The epidemic could have a big potential impact on freight because China’s role in manufacturing is considerably larger

  • Class 8 orders remain soft

    February 5, 2020 8:40AM by Truck News

    Preliminary Class 8 truck orders totaled 17,700 units in January, according to both FTR and ACT Research, down about 12% from December but up 12% year-over-year. January continued the trend of the last four months, with orders averaging below 19,000

  • ECONOMIC WATCH: Shippers continue to see favorable conditions

    January 21, 2020 9:00AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for U.S. shippers improved in November, with the FTR Shippers Conditions Index reading a positive 7.0 on the heels of three straight months at 6.4. All index inputs were stronger for shippers, except for freight volumes,

  • ECONOMIC WATCH: Trucking conditions remain ‘slightly negative’

    January 16, 2020 12:22PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions remained in slightly negative territory in November, according to FTR’s latest Trucking Conditions Index (TCI). The index read -1.58, primarily due to weaker spot market rates, FTR reported. The industry forecaster is calling for the

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    ECONOMIC WATCH: Trailer market ends 2019 with weak orders

    January 14, 2020 9:52AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trailer orders fell in December to 16,500 units, according to preliminary data from FTR, marking their worst month since August. Orders were down 17% from November, and 41% year-over-year. December brought total orders for 2019 to 203,000

  • ECONOMIC WATCH: FTR sees lackluster market

    January 9, 2020 1:43PM by Abdul Latheef

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Transportation intelligence provider FTR is predicting a lackluster but stable freight market for 2020. “Our latest forecast is for spot rates to hold, or perhaps rise by 1%. Contract rates probably would be a bit lower again,

  • Shippers continue to enjoy positive conditions

    December 19, 2019 3:35PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – U.S. shippers continued to enjoy positive conditions in October, with an FTR Shippers Conditions Index reading of 6.4. The index was virtually unchanged from September, FTR reported. All index inputs were positive for shippers except for fuel,

  • News Equipment

    Trailer orders dropped in November

    December 16, 2019 7:41AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – An abundance of caution over freight conditions caused trailer orders to drop 34% in November, to 20,200 units. FTR’s preliminary trailer order numbers indicated orders dropped 55% from November 2019. FTR reports trailer builders have plenty of

  • FTR takes look back at ‘steady’ 2019

    December 12, 2019 12:18PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – “Steady as she goes” was how Avery Vise, FTR’s vice-president of trucking characterized 2019 in a Year in Review State of Freight webinar Dec. 12. A rise in carrier bankruptcies doesn’t reflect worsening freight volumes, but rather

  • Trucking conditions improved slightly in October: FTR

    December 10, 2019 12:45PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. improved in October, but remained in negative territory, according to FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index. Freight demand drove the improvement, with housing numbers strengthening. The industrial economy remained sluggish. FTR projects the index

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    Class 8 orders disappoint in November

    December 4, 2019 7:56AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – North American Class 8 orders came in at a “disappointing” 17,300 units in November, according to preliminary data from FTR. That’s a 21% decrease from October, and the lowest November since 2015. It was also 39% off

  • Shippers continue to enjoy favorable conditions: FTR

    November 21, 2019 7:14AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions in the U.S. continued to favor shippers in September. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index remained in positive territory at a 6.4 reading. While fuel pricing rose, freight volumes, capacity utilization and logistics cost factors all favored shippers.

  • Trucking conditions weaken

    November 18, 2019 1:30PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions further deteriorated in September, with the FTR Trucking Conditions Index reaching its lowest reading since May. The reading of -2.94 reflects a relatively weak environment for carriers, however FTR said it’s not forecasting any further

  • Consumers driving U.S. economy, as business investment stalls: FTR

    November 14, 2019 12:58PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Business investment has dried up due to uncertainty over trade tensions, but consumer spending remains strong and has kept the U.S. economy moving forward. Consumer spending is the most critical component of the economy, since it drives