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Trailer orders continue slide

FTR reports May 2015 U.S. Trailer net orders were 15,200 units, 14% below the previous month and -29% year-over-year. The traditional summer slide continues, earlier and more pronounced than normal; however, there is still plenty of backlog available to support strong build rates through the end of the year. U.S. trailer orders have annualized over

Preliminary Class 8 May orders fell below 20,000

FTR has released preliminary data showing May 2015 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 19,714 units, an 11% month-over-month decline and 23% lower than a year ago. Orders fell in May for the third consecutive month and dipped below the 20,000 threshold for the first time since September 2013. All major OEMs were

Trailer orders well below a year ago

FTR reports April 2015 U.S. trailer net orders were 17,700 units, down 19% m/m and down a disappointing 30% y/y. Order activity has cooled off in large part because many major fleets placed their orders in 2014 to cover 2015 requirements, but were also impacted by general economic factors. However, even with the decline, trailer

Trucking conditions poised for rebound

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for March rang in at 7.3, reflecting a continued softness due to the end of the large drops in fuel costs and a modest lessening of demand for truck services, according to the research firm. However, FTR expects conditions affecting trucking companies to rebound by summer as economic growth improves,

Shippers conditions Index dips into negative territory

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for February declined from January to a -1.0 reading as the short-term positive impact from one-time adjustments for rapidly dropping diesel prices and reversal of the 2013 hours-of-service changes runs out. From here, the index is expected to deteriorate under pressures building from new regulations hitting the trucking sector along with

Weak trailer orders for March

March 2015 U.S. trailer net orders were 22,000 units, up 7% month-over-month but down 25% year-over-year, according to the latest report from FTR. Orders continue to weaken “primarily because fleets have already placed their 2015 requirements,” the report stated. Trailer build increased 7.5% per day versus February with backlogs falling, “albeit still at a high level,”

February trucking index ‘modestly positive’

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February at 7.4 reflects a softening in capacity utilization due to the hours of service suspension and fluctuating diesel prices, the research firm stated. FTR expects the TCI to rise into the summer months and beyond, and expects it could hit double digit positive readings before 2016 as the industry

Class 8 truck orders hit lowest level since September 2014

FTR has released preliminary data showing March 2015 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,780 units, the lowest level since September 2014, according to the company. March orders reflected the first negative year-over-year comparison since January 2013. Order levels were somewhat disappointing with FTR anticipating a continued fall in order activity following seasonal

FTR predicts deteriorating shippers conditions

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for January rose to a positive 2.6 reading. The positive reading reflects a one-month reaction to fuel price reductions and adjustment for reversal of the 2013 Hours of Service changes, according to the research firm. FTR noted that the index will fall back into neutral territory and deteriorate as the year

Fuel, freight rates, load growth, capacity impact Trucking Conditions Index

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January dropped 34% month-over-month to a reading of 7.8, reflecting positive impacts from continued drops in fuel prices being offset by weaker inputs from freight rates, load growth and capacity. According to the research firm, it expects the index to maintain at a high level and move upward again in

February Class 8 orders match expectations

FTR has released preliminary data showing February 2015 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 30,100 units, in line with the company’s expectations. February order activity was 12% below January, “settling into a more reasonable, seasonal level than the previous four months,” FTR said in its report. The research firm added that February was

Shippers conditions improve thanks to diesel pricing, HOS rules

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for December 2014 improved to a near neutral reading of -0.6, reflecting the rapid drop in diesel prices along with positive capacity impacts from reversal of some of the Hours of Service rules, according to the research firm. FTR expects the conditions for shippers to deteriorate in 2015, under the pressure