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FTR


  • Shipper conditions deteriorated in April

    June 24, 2019 8:06AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for U.S. shippers took a step back in April, due to stronger rail rates and higher fuel prices, according to FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index. However, FTR expects the rate environment through 2019 to become more favorable

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    Trailer orders reach lowest point since 2016: FTR

    June 24, 2019 7:54AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The red-hot trailer market continues to cool, with May orders of 11,700 units marking the lowest total since July 2016. FTR reports orders for 2019 production have come to a halt, as most build slots are already

  • Loadings growth slowing, rates on the decline: FTR

    June 13, 2019 12:30PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking rates are expected to decrease about 7% this year, primarily driven by the spot market, with contract rates flat to down 1%. That’s the projection from industry forecaster FTR, which held a State of Freight webinar

  • Trucking conditions remained negative in April: FTR

    June 12, 2019 7:43AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. improved slightly in April, according to the Trucking Conditions Index by FTR, but remained in negative territory. FTR reports the rate environment continues to soften and economic indicators linked to freight are

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    Class 8 truck orders “chilly” in May

    June 7, 2019 9:13AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Class 8 truck orders “scraped the bottom of the order cycle” in May, according to FTR, coming in at a “chilly” 10,400 units. That’s 29% off April numbers and down 71% year-over-year. It was the weakest month

  • Conditions for shippers continue to improve

    May 23, 2019 2:24PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for U.S. shippers improved in March, reflecting a continued easing of truckload and intermodal rates, according to FTR. The industry forecaster says the outlook is for improved conditions for shippers throughout 2019. “Shippers are benefiting from

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    Trailer demand softening

    May 21, 2019 7:58AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – April trailer orders totaled 14,500 units, according to preliminary data from ACT Research, which reflected soft demand for the second straight month. “Order volume was soft in April for the second straight month. Several factors appear to

  • Trucking conditions turn negative

    May 14, 2019 10:08AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. dipped into negative territory in March, for the first time in several years. The -1.18 rating reflected softening rates, and sluggish freight demand, according to FTR. Active truck utilization and the truckload

  • FTR provides mid-year economic review

    May 9, 2019 11:47AM by James Menzies

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Industry forecaster FTR’s senior economist Bill Witte takes a slightly dimmer view of the U.S. economy than he did several months ago, but is still projecting 2.5% GDP growth this year. In a webinar to provide an

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    Class 8 orders continue sluggish start to 2019

    May 3, 2019 7:52AM by Truck News

    Class 8 truck orders hit a 31-month low in April, with preliminary data from ACT Research showing 14,800 orders, a 6.2% decline from March but down 57% year-over-year. “We continue to contend that current order weakness has more to do

  • Trucking conditions continue to weaken

    April 22, 2019 7:51AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – U.S. trucking conditions sled to near neutral territory in February, according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index (TCI). February marked the lowest reading since August 2017. FTR reports the decline is due to weaker freight volumes

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    Class 8 truck orders continue to slide

    April 4, 2019 8:54AM by Truck News

    Preliminary orders for Class 8 trucks came in at 15,200 units in March, according to FTR, marking the lowest March for orders since 2010. Orders were down 8% from February and 67% year-over-year. But FTR says demand is still strong,

  • Shippers Conditions Index reflects balanced freight market

    March 27, 2019 1:02PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The January Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) reflected a balanced freight market, FTR reported. The 1.4 reading was slightly lower than December’s 1.8, but remained in positive territory for shippers. FTR forecasts the index to remain close to

  • Trucking conditions deteriorated in January: FTR

    March 12, 2019 12:59PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. slid to a single-digit positive 5.79 reading in January, down from 11.44 in December, according to the FTR Trucking Conditions Index. The decline was attributed to higher costs of capital combined with

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    Class 8 orders remained subdued in February

    March 5, 2019 3:29PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Preliminary Class 8 truck orders totaled 16,700 units in February, marking the second consecutive month of subdued orders. Orders were up 5% compared to January but down 58% year-over-year, FTR reported. January and February were the lowest