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Truck tonnage rose 3.6% in February from the same month last year, despite continuing winter weather challenges, American Trucking Associations reported.
ATA’s advanced seasonally adjusted index stood at a reading of 127.6, reflecting a 2.8% increase in February over January’s performance.
The trucking group said the weather’s severity lessened last month compared with January, giving fleets more operating days.
“It is pretty clear that winter weather had a negative impact on truck tonnage during February,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said in a statement. “However, the impact wasn’t as bad, because of the backlog in freight due to the number of storms that hit over the January and February period.”