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U.S. Trailer Net Orders Opened 2020 Down 15% Sequentially and 28% Y/Y

New U.S. trailer orders of 16,800 were down 9% month-over-month in January, and net orders of 15,000 dropped 15%. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 28% year-over-year, according to ACT Research. read more

ACT Research: Class 8 Production Outpaced Weak Sales in January

Class 8 inventories rose 3,400 units month over month in January, as production outpaced expectedly weak sales, according to ACT Research. read more

With Freight-Generating Sectors on the Mend, ACT Predicts 5-Year Expansion

With solid consumer fundamentals, no obvious imbalances, and a manufacturing downturn in the rearview mirror, it is harder to see a recession now than it was six months ago. read more

ACT Research: Medium Duty Orders Show Resilience

After softness in late Q3/19 and early Q4/19, medium duty orders have shown resilience the past two months, according to ACT Research. read more

ACT: January Preliminary Class 8 Orders Down 12% M/M, Up 10% Y/Y

Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in January were 17,700 units, down 12% from December 2019, but up 10% from last January, according to ACT Research. read more

Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Rose 20% YTD 2019 through November

U.S. and Canadian Class 8 Natural Gas truck retail sales for the first 11 months of 2019 gained 20% year-to-date over 2018, according to ACT Research. Full-year 2018 was down 15%, while 2017 was up 13%. read more

ACT: Freight-Generating Sectors of Economy Starting to Mend

ACT Research reported that freight-generating sectors of the U.S. economy are on the cusp of transitioning from contraction to growth, aligning with freight cycles of the past, which typically last around two years. read more

Used Truck Sales Close 2019 Down 15%, Despite December Rally

Used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes improved 7% month-over-month in December, but longer-term sales were down 3% year-over-year and full-year 2019 sales declined 15% compared to 2018. read more

ACT: Truckload Contract Rates Down, LTL Revenue Growth Dropped in Q3/19

Truckload contract rates turned negative in Q3/19, down 2% year-over-year, and loaded miles per tractor fell 5% in the same time period. read more

ACT For-Hire Trucking Index: Rates Slip Amid Strong Holiday Freight

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed improvement in for-hire freight volumes and utilization, with 55.5 and 52.3 respective diffusion index readings, both up four points from November. read more

ACT: 2019 U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 51% Y/Y

New U.S. trailer orders of 18,400 were down 13% month over month in December, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 17,700 dropped 11%. read more

Recession Depends on Definition: U.S. Economy Poised for 1.8% Expansion

ACT Research projected that the U.S. economy is poised to expand by 1.8% in 2020. read more

ACT Achieves 98% Accuracy Truckload Spot Rate Forecasting in 2019

ACT Research’s truckload spot rate forecasts achieved 98% accuracy on average in 2019. read more

December Trailer Net Orders Full-Year 2019 Less than Half 2018 Volume

Trailer manufacturers booked just under 205,000 net trailer orders in 2019, this 51% year-over-year decline represents the lowest volume recorded since 2011. read more

ACT: Used Class 8 Volumes and Prices Rise M/M, Drop 14% YTD

ACT Research reported preliminary used Class 8 volumes increased 8% month-over-month in December 2019, but volumes dropped 3% compared to December of 2018. Year-to-date preliminary volumes dropped 14%. read more

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