Sunday, April 22, 2007

Truck Tonnage 1.6% Higher in March

From the American Trucking Association

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6 percent in February after falling a revised 3.1 percent in January.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the tonnage index improved to 113.3 (2000 = 100) in February from 111.5 the previous month. The index decreased 1.7 percent compared with a year earlier, marking the eighth consecutive year-over-year decline. The not seasonally adjusted index fell 6.8 percent from January to 101.2.

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This is the 8th straight year-over-year decline. This does give a strong indication that economic growth is slowing, although probably not to recessionary levels. As the article notes, trucking is responsible for 70% of all transport in the US.