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FTR Reports Preliminary Trailer Orders Stay in Mid-20,000 Range for February

FTR reports preliminary trailer orders for February at 24,000 units, -9% m/m and -27% y/y.  February was the third month in row that trailer orders were in the mid-20,000’s as some van OEM’s are basically solid out for 2019, with few build slots left open. Dry van fleets that need trailers this year are grabbing […]

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FTR Trucking Conditions Index for January Falls Back to Single Digit Positive Reading

After a spike to a 11.44 positive reading in December, FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell back to 5.79 in January as was expected. The January level was attributed to higher costs of capital along with lower freight demand and capacity utilization. Even the January level will not be sustained for long as conditions for trucking […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders for February Remain Subdued at 16,700 Units

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for February remained subdued for the second consecutive months at 16,700 units, +5% m/m but down 58% y/y.  January-February 2019 are the lowest two-month period since October-November 2016.    Several OEM’s are booked solid for 2019 with limited sales slots open for the remainder of the year, […]

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FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for December Highest Since August 2016

After a basically neutral reading in November, FTR’s Shipping Conditions Index (SCI) moved into positive territory in December. The December SCI measure at 1.7 was the strongest for the index since August of 2016. After a short weakening period in 2019Q1, the SCI is expected to maintain the December level through the balance of the […]

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FTR Trucking Conditions Index for December Spikes to Double-Digit Positive Reading

Following the November bounce back of FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index the December measure spiked to a reading of 11.46.  The sharply improved December reading is a result of strong m/m growth in volumes along with a favorable fuel environment.  However, FTR forecasts that this level will not be sustained in 2019 with readings falling back […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders for January Drop 26% M/M to Lowest Since October 2016

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for January 2019 dropped 26% M/M to the lowest since October 2016 at 15,600 units.  This year’s January order activity was down 67% versus last year and is the worst for the month since 2010. The low Class 8 order number was not entirely unexpected, as the great majority […]

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The Outlook for Trucking

Trucking is coming off perhaps its best year in history. What does 2019 have in store for the trucking sector? FTR will review the state of trucking and the trends in the key areas of capacity, demand, and pricing. It is also time to consider the regulatory environment and what changes it might bring for […]

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FTR Reports Preliminary Trailer Orders for December at 28,000 Units Finishing Out a Record Year

FTR reports preliminary trailer orders for December at 28,000 units, a 38% drop from November and 39% below a year ago.  Trailer order activity moderated in December after experiencing tremendous levels over the previous three months.  Total trailers orders of 127,000 units in Q4 2018 were the second highest quarter ever with 2018 totaling 409,800 […]

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FTR Trucking Conditions Index for November Bounces Back from October Reading

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November rebounded by more than two and a half points from October to a reading of 5.84.  The improvement was due primarily to a slightly firmer rate environment and lower diesel prices. The 2018 November TCI was basically unchanged from a year ago, in spite of the volatility affecting the […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders Fell Again in December to 21,000 Units

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for December fell to 21,000 units, the lowest total since August 2017.  December order activity was as expected, with fleets ordering to secure a dwindling number of available build slots in the second half of 2019.  There are few build slots remaining for 2019, so expect orders […]

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FTR Schedules a Complimentary State of Freight Webinar: 2019 Demand Drivers

For 18 months or more, the focus in transportation has been almost exclusively on the capacity side. While capacity clearly remains a big issue, the bigger question for 2019 and beyond might be the strength of and outlook for freight demand. We will review the outlook for some of the major factors that drive freight […]

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FTR’s October Shippers Conditions Index Indicates the Worst May Be Over

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for October improved to a reading of -2.1, showing indications that the worst may well be over for shippers.  They are seeing the best environment in more than a year because of stabilizing rates and moderating fuel prices.  The range of SCI readings should continue this trend into 2019 possibly […]

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