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July 27, 2018

American truck tonnage index fell 0.4% in June

The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 0.4% in June after rising 0.4% in May. In June, the index equaled 113 (2015=100), down from 113.4 in May.

Compared with June 2017, the index increased 7.8%, up from May's 7.4% year-over-year increase. Year-to-date, compared with the first half of last year, tonnage increased 7.9%, far outpacing the annual gain of 3.8% in 2017.

"In the second quarter, we saw the tonnage index jump 1.8% from the previous quarter and 8.4% from a year earlier," said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.

"This robust growth fits with what is likely to be a very strong GDP reading for the second quarter. I expect the growth in tonnage to moderate, but remain at very high levels in the months ahead."

Source: ATA