Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nov. Trucking Volume Highest Level in a Year

ARLINGTON, VAThe American Trucking Associations’ advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in November, following a 0.2% contraction in October. The latest gain boosted the SA index from 103.6 (2000=100) in October to 106.4, its highest level in a year. Compared with November 2008, SA tonnage fell 3.5%, which was the best year-over-year showing in twelve months. In October, the index was down 5.2% from a year earlier.

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said that tonnage is moving in the right direction. “Slowly, but surely, truck freight has started the recovery process and November’s solid increase is a very positive sign,” Costello noted. He said that November’s tonnage levels were pushed higher by improved economic activity, as well as by an inventory correction that is near completion. “Truck freight had been hurt by both slow economic output and bloated inventories; however, we now have evidence that the inventories are in much better shape, which will not be such a drag on truck freight volumes.”

3 Comments:

At 12/29/2009 10:41 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

Gee: Did the Santa Claus "seasonal adjutment" have a marginal impact on the 1.027 multiplier?

 
At 12/30/2009 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gee, i don't know. did it have a marginal impact on the 0.2% contraction in October? or Sept? or Aug? or July? or June? or ....

 
At 1/03/2010 5:14 PM, Blogger DaleW said...

I like the ATA index, but it takes so long to come out it's nearly useless. I use the Kass indexes, IATA data, and rail data instead.

 

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