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Economic Indicators

Medium duty orders among best in nearly 2 years

North American Class 8 net orders were above 20,000 units for the sixth consecutive month in March, but fell below February’s intake. Classes 5-7 net orders were down month-over-month and year-over-year, with final numbers ...

March Class 8 orders beat last year

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing March Class 8 truck net orders at 21,817 units, a 4 percent decline February. “The March orders came in above 21,000 units which is a good ...

Trailer backlog unchanged in February

Despite declining from January levels, February commercial trailer orders were strong enough to maintain industry backlogs, according to ACT Research. February started softly but picked up momentum. This update on industry performance was ...

Used truck volumes up

Volumes for both the retail and wholesale used truck markets grew month over month in February after a rough start to 2013. However, the auction market dropped once again. The update on the used ...

Volvo truck shipments continue to fall

According to February sales figures released by AB Volvo, the Swedish truck maker shipped 1,400 fewer trucks globally than it did in the same month the year before. The decline in Volvo's sales was ...

Survey: 44% of respondents ready to replace equipment

Overall business conditions in February appeared slightly better than those in January even though many trucking executives believe the economy still isn’t improving fast enough, according to the latest Randall-Reilly MarketPulse survey ...

Truck tonnage up, again

For-hire truck tonnage was up in February, marking a jump for four straight months for the first time in more than two years. The downside was January tonnage was weaker than expected. The ...

Class 8 numbers drag down February sales

Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales fell 3.9 percent in February, with Class 8 anchoring the decline, WardsAuto data shows. Class 8 deliveries slid 15.2 percent to 12,546 units as International, PACCAR and Volvo Trucks each saw double-digit ...

Owner-operator population on the rise

The owner-operator population increased 6.2 percent last year in the wake of the recession, and the trend should continue in 2013, according to Overdrive-sponsored research. Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting tracks owner-operator businesses for ...

Trucking Conditions Index jumps

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for January as reported in the March 2013 Trucking Update climbed 2.2 points from the previous month to a new reading of 10.6. The upward trend in the ...

Navistar beats Q1 expectations amid slumping sales

Revenues from Navistar's truck segment declined nearly 21 percent to $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2013, posting a loss of $58 million compared to a loss of $27 million in the ...

FTR’s Starks answers freight questions for Big Truck TV

During a February Big Truck TV interview FTR President Eric Starks answered questions about the current state of the equipment market.  Starks addressed the following issues: What is the current state of the nation’s ...

Diesel prices fall slightly

Diesel prices made an about face this week, falling for the first time in seven weeks. This week's price fell 2.9 cents to $4.13 a gallon, the Department of Energy said. Diesel’s first drop ...

Class 8 orders hit year-long high in February

North American Class 8 preliminary net orders for February rose both month-over-month and year-over-year, narrowly topping October 2012 to reach its highest point since January 2012, according to ACT Research. The final numbers, ...
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