ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 3.9% over July 2010

The American Trucking Associations’ advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index in July increased 3.9% over July 2010, slowing down slightly from the 6.5% increase in June year-over-year.

Compared to June 2011, there was a 1.3% decrease in July after rising a revised 2.6% the previous month. June’s increase was slightly less than the 2.8% ATA reported on July 26, 2011. The latest pullback put the SA index at 114 (2000=100) in July, down from the June level of 115.5.

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 111 in July, which was 9% below the previous month.

“We had heard that freight weakened from a robust June, that that was true,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said. Tonnage has fallen in three of the last four months on a sequential basis.

“Despite a solid June, our truck tonnage index fits with an economy that is growing very slowly,” Costello noted. “The good news is that tonnage continues to increase on a year-over-year basis, but it is likely that the rate of growth will moderate in the second half of the year.”

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