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Truck tonnage declined 2.1% in October, the first year-over-year decline in three years, American Trucking Associations said Tuesday.
ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello attributed the downturn in part to fallout from Hurricane Sandy, though he said it was impossible to determine the storm’s exact effect.
Month-to-month tonnage fell 3.8% from September following a 0.4% downturn the previous month, ATA said in its monthly seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage report.
The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents tonnage actually hauled by fleets, rose 7.7% in October from September to a 123.7 reading. ATA uses the year 2000 as a 100-reading baseline.
Tonnage is up 2.9% year-to-date compared with the same period last year. October’s year-over-year decline is the first since November 2009.