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  • Trucking conditions moved positive in July

    September 19, 2019 9:20AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. improved slightly in July, with a reading just above neutral at 0.28. Lower diesel prices offset the effects of lower capacity utilization, pushing the index into positive territory for the first time

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    Trailer orders remain in low holding pattern

    September 18, 2019 8:04AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Final trailer orders for August remained in a low holding pattern at 10,400 units, according to FTR. August’s final orders were down 71% year-over-year, while cancellations were elevated for the third consecutive month, FTR reports. Trailer backlogs

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    Truck and trailer dealer welcomes return to normal

    September 12, 2019 1:46PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Stoops Freightliner and its network of truck and trailer dealers isn’t sensing that the drop in new equipment orders is anything to lose sleep over. Instead, Brian McCoy, president of Stoops, said the current environment marks a

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    Fleets say reliability, safety top priorities when spec’ing equipment

    September 12, 2019 1:17PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Reliability and safety systems are two priorities for fleets when spec’ing new trucks, according to a panel of fleet executives speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference here Sept. 11. Robert Haag, vice-president of operations for Perfect Transportation,

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    Truck and trailer orders normalizing, not crashing: FTR

    September 11, 2019 8:34PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Class 8 truck orders have fallen sharply in recent months, but FTR forecasters aren’t sounding any alarms, and say the drop marks a return to more normal levels. Eric Starks, CEO of FTR, also chalked the decline

  • The new normal: Slow, steady growth

    September 11, 2019 11:48AM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There’s little sign a recession is imminent, but economic growth will continue to be slow and steady. That was the projection from Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist with Kleinhenz & Associates, who gave an economic update at the

  • Shipper conditions improved in June

    August 22, 2019 4:25PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for U.S. shippers improved in June, with a 8.8 reading on the FTR Shippers Conditions Index, up two points from May. That marked the strongest month for shipper conditions since February 2016, FTR reports. Freight-related indicators

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    Trailer orders remain weak in July: FTR

    August 13, 2019 1:47PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – FTR has reported preliminary trailer orders for July totaled 9,000 units, showing continued weakness but up 61% from a “dismal” June. Orders were down 68% compared to July 2018. FTR reports van fleets have already placed their

  • Trucking conditions improved slightly in June: FTR

    August 13, 2019 7:49AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions improved slightly in June, but remain in negative territory, according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index (TCI). A reading of -0.82 came from strengthening freight demand and lower diesel prices, but was offset by

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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

  • 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

  • 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