trucking economy

Indicators: Tonnage index up, orders down

| October 25, 2012

Three indicators of the trucking economy's current state and potential future trends show slightly mixed readings this week.

Flatbedders, be ready: Housing starts spike

| October 17, 2012

The number of houses that began construction in September jumped a whopping 15 percent from August to its highest numbers since 2008 and up 34 percent over last September.

Freight index lowest since Nov. 2011

| October 12, 2012

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.6 percent in August from July, declining after a one-month rise.

Trucking adds 700 jobs in September

| October 11, 2012

For-hire trucking companies added 700 payroll jobs in September on a seasonally adjusted basis as the overall U.S. economy added 114,000 nonfarm jobs.

Cummins to shut down facilities, reduce work force

| October 10, 2012

Cummins says it's responding to a weak global economy by cutting costs while maintaining investments in growth programs with planned work week reductions, shutdowns at some manufacturing facilities and some targeted work force reductions.

Manufacturing expands for first time in four months

| October 02, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following three consecutive months of slight contraction.

Equipment leasing confidence up in September

| September 24, 2012

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry is 53.0, up from the August index of 50.2, reflecting increased optimism.

Freight index up 8.4 percent

| September 12, 2012

The index outpaced August 2011 volume by 8.4 percent, the sixth time in 2012 that volume has exceeded prior-year levels.

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