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Economic Indicators

Monthly freight index up 0.9% in January, year-over-year up 6.9%

The Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.9 percent in January from a revised December level, rising for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported Wednesday, ...

Diesel prices soar 15.5 cents, largest jump since May 2008

Diesel prices last week soared 15.5 cents higher for the largest one-week jump since the week ended May 26, 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration's report for ...

Preliminary Net Orders for February Down From January

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing February Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM’s at 23,998, a 12 percent decline from January’s exceptionally strong level of ...

Year-over-year NAFTA trade up 13.8% in December, month-to-month down 2.2%

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 13.8 percent higher in December 2010 than in December 2009, reaching $66.5 ...

Manufacturing index hits highest level in nearly 7 years

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 21st consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest ...

Diesel prices climb 3.9 cents to $3.573

Diesel prices rose for the 12th straight week during the week ended Monday, Feb. 21, adding 3.9 cents to $3.573 a gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. ...

U.S. 2010 construction machinery exports gain 28 percent to top $16.4 billion

The market for exports of U.S.-made construction machinery closed out 2010 with a gain of more than 28 percent compared to the previous year, for a total of $16.4 billion dollars’ worth ...

Diesel prices rise 2.1 cents to $3.534

Diesel prices rose for the 11th straight week during the week ended Monday, Feb. 14, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. The national average price of on-highway diesel ...

Intermodal Market Share Dipped Slightly in Q4, FTR Reports

FTR Associates Intermodal Update, issued on February 7, reports that intermodal market share declined by 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The decline comes after steady increases for the previous ...

Trucks carry the most freight in almost all states, BTS reports

Trucking is the predominant mode used by businesses to ship freight in almost all states, according to “State Summaries: 2007 Commodity Flow Survey” from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. BTS, ...

Diesel prices edge slightly higher to $3.438

Diesel prices rose for the ninth straight week during the week ended Monday, Jan. 31, but the pace slowed as the national average retail price added only eight-tenths of a cent to ...

Preliminary Net Order Activity Reported Shows Continued Strength

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing December Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM’s at 27,009 units, a modest 1 percent increase over the strong December ...

Manufacturing surge continues in January

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 18th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management's monthly survey of U.S. supply executives. The PMI -- ISM's composite ...

FTR Shippers Condition Index Remains in Neutral Territory

FTR Associates Shippers Condition Index (SCI) as reported in the January issue of the Shippers Update was hovering near the neutral reading of zero at the end of 2010, reflecting the continuing ...
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