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FTR: Freight weakness stalls new truck orders

Nov. 7, 2023
October tally of 28,000 Class 8 power units is down 10% m/m, 35% y/y, but firm expects replacement cycles to fuel healthy demand in 2024

FTR reports Class 8 truck orders for October checked in at 28,000 units, which is down 10% from September—and 35% from October 2022.

The weaker comparisons were within expectations given the weakness in freight transportation and the ongoing normalization of equipment markets following exceptional demand in 2022, FTR added. Class 8 orders totaled 255,000 units over the past 12 months. The annualized rate over the past six months was 233,000 units.

The annualized rate over the past three months was much stronger than the 12-month total, but that result is simply a function of the recent opening of 2024 production slots.

“Build slots continue to be filled at a healthy rate,” Eric Starks, FTR chairman, said in a news release. “We expected a year-over-year decrease in orders and were not surprised by the month-over-month easing, either.

“The overall picture for truck demand is steady. Despite freight weakness, fleets continue to be willing to order new equipment, affirming our expectations of replacement demand during 2024.”

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