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  • 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

  • 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

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    Trailer order cancellations on the rise

    June 3, 2019 8:02AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer orders are down 37% year to date through April, but fleets are still willing to place orders, ACT Research reports. “Year-to-date net orders through April were just over 80,000 units, down 37% from last year, but

  • B.C.’s trucking vacancy rates highest of any sector

    June 2, 2019 1:08PM by Derek Clouthier

    KELOWNA, B.C. – “I don’t even know how you’re operating if that is at all possible.” That was the reaction from B.C. economist Ken Peacock after learning from Statistics Canada that the trucking industry has the highest job vacancy rate

  • Likelihood of freight recession increasing: ACT

    May 10, 2019 9:23AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The risk of a freight recession is rising, according to the latest ACT Freight Forecast from ACT Research. “Freight remains soft, as expected, and while we see reasons for recovery in the second half of 2019, escalating

  • 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

  • Freight growth stagnating: ACT Research

    April 22, 2019 8:19AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Freight growth is stagnating while the Class 8 truck population is accelerating, according to an analysis from ACT Research. In its State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, ACT reported Class 8 metrics in March aligned with

  • Pricing pendulum swinging to shippers’ favor: ACT Research

    April 10, 2019 4:02PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – A freight recession is possible, and a rate recession is likely, according to a new freight forecast report from ACT Research. Its ACT Freight Forecast: U.S. Rate and Volume Outlook found that dry van rates, net of

  • Economic yellow lights flashing, ACT warns

    February 12, 2019 10:21AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Yellow lights continue to burn for the U.S. economy and the North American commercial vehicle industry, ACT Research reports. “While the outlook has less of an orange tinge, sufficient caution flags remain to keep the yellow light

  • News Equipment

    Backlogs to blame for slowdown in Class 8 orders

    January 23, 2019 10:36AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Demand for heavy trucks remains strong despite a slowdown in orders, according to ACT Research. Three drivers include: the fact the freight rate markdown is from record levels; the addition of new technologies that improve fuel economy

  • ‘Sectoral recessions’ likely in 2019: ACT Research

    January 22, 2019 7:34AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The commercial vehicle market remains strong, but the U.S. economy is expected to decelerate, according to a report from ACT Research. ACT’s Transportation Digest noted Class 8 truck orders enter 2019 with positive momentum from a record-setting

  • ACT Research: Yellow lights are flashing

    January 14, 2019 7:35AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – ACT Research has reported yellow lights are flashing for the U.S. economy, and by extension, for the North American commercial vehicle industry. “Over the course of Q4 2018, the list of indicators flashing yellow became longer and

  • Freight market returning to ‘normal’: FTR

    January 10, 2019 12:01PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The fundamentals driving 2019 freight demand remain “relatively healthy” and should result in a growing, but not explosive, transport sector. That was the assessment of Avery Vise, vice-president of trucking for FTR, who addressed the topic during

  • Fleet growth to outstrip freight growth in 2019: ACT

    December 20, 2018 7:18AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – ACT Research says the commercial vehicle industry is maintaining its momentum, but could slow in the second half of 2019. The company produced its Transportation Digest, reporting that the Class 8 truck market continued to extend all-time

  • Trucking to grow at slower pace: FTR

    December 13, 2018 12:24PM by James Menzies

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The surge in truck loadings seen in 2017 and into 2018 has begun to subside, and trucking’s growth is expected to slow in 2019, according to Avery Vise, vice-president of trucking for FTR. Speaking during FTR’s State