The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in June was virtually flat, gaining just 2% month-over-month. Longer term, prices were up 10% year-to-date and 6% higher compared to June of 2018, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. The report also indicated used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes fell 10% m/m, 26% y/y, and 18% year-to-date compared to the first six months of 2018. On a month-over-month basis, average mileage dropped 2%, while average age was down 5%.
New US trailer orders of 11.3k were down 27% month-over-month, but after accounting for cancellations, net orders slid to 6k units, down 42% from May. Year-to-date net orders are 43% below last year, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report.
The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, June data, showed nearly across-the-board declines, with capacity again the lone exception. The Volume Index dropped further into negative territory, falling to 43.2 (SA) in June, from 46.7 in May. The June Pricing Index, at 43.8 (SA), recovered a good bit of last month’s sharp decline, up from 38.8 in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the lowest in survey history.
According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, June’s Class 8 order broke the string of falling order volumes, with the opening of 2020 order books, garnering a 19% rebound. While better orders slowed the rapid backlog decline, the situation is temporary, as coming months represent the seasonally weakest order period of the year, suggesting rapid backlog declines should continue in the near-term.
ACT’s preliminary estimate for June 2019 net trailer orders is 6,200 units. Final volume will be available later this month. This preliminary market estimate should be within +/- 3% of the final order tally.
Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 8% month-over-month in June, the third consecutive sequential drop, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Additionally, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 25% decline compared to June 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 18%.
ACT Research released the July installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.
According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, current Class 8 build rates may suggest upside to the 2019 forecast, but large new inventories and deteriorating freight and rate conditions suggest erring on the side of caution remains the right call.
Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 13,100 units in June, gaining 20% from May’s three-year low, but down a significant 69% from year-ago June’s very tough comparison. Note that these numbers are preliminary. Complete industry data for June, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-July.
The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in May was virtually flat, dropping just 1% month-over-month. Longer term, prices were up 10% year-to-date and 6% higher compared to May of 2018, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. The report also indicated used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes fell 8% m/m, 22% y/y, and 17% year-to-date compared to the first five months of 2018. On a month-over-month basis, average mileage dropped 1%, while average age was up 5%.