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October 30, 2013
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Paccar, Volvo and Daimler Report Strong Earnings

Most of the nation's heavy truck makers reported third quarter earnings this week, showing healthy profits, despite some showing a slip in sales compared to the same time a year ago. In the third quarter, Germany-based Daimler says it once again achieved significantly higher earnings than in the prior-year period. Net profit reached nearly 1.9 billion Euros/$2.6 billion compared to more than 1.2 billion Euros/$1.65 billion. The parent to Peterbilt and Kenworth, Paccar, based in Washington state, earned $309.4 million for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 32% compared to the $233.6 million earned in the third quarter last year. The Volvo Group, the Sweden-based parent of Volvo and Mack Trucks along with other trucking and non-trucking brands, saw its net sales decrease by 5% from a year ago in the third quarter, to 64.9 billion kronor/$10.4 billion.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

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Truckers Tap into Gas Boom

Operators of some of the largest U.S. truck fleets, including Lowe's Cos., Procter & Gamble Co. and United Parcel Service Inc., are accelerating a shift to natural gas fueled trucks, betting on new engine technology that promises to drop the cost of shifting from diesel fuel. Home-improvement retailer Lowe's wants its delivery company to shift all of its several hundred trucks to natural gas by 2017. P&G already has 7% of its trucks on gas and could reach as much as 20% within two years. UPS says it plans to buy 1,000 natural gas trucks by the end of next year. FedEx Corp. plans to shift 30% of its long-distance trucks to natural gas over the next decade. The nation's supply of relatively cheap natural gas is helping spur this shift. So are new natural gas engines that can power heavy-duty trucks that weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Trailer Orders Rise 3.5% in September

September trailer orders rose 3.5% from a year ago to 17,459, marking the strongest monthly total since April, ACT Research reported. Last month's net order activity also climbed 9.4% from August's revised total of 15,961, ACT said. Through nine months, U.S. manufacturers have received 151,981 new orders this year, down 5% compared with the first nine months of 2012.
Source: Transport Topics

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Award-Winning Lifestyle and Wellness Experience Returns to ATD-NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans

The ATD-NADA Convention's award-winning Lifestyle Experience is back for 2014 offering both men and women numerous activities to relax their minds, bodies and souls while walking through the Expo floor in New Orleans. The four Lifestyle Experience pavilions encompass Beauty and Fashion; Lifetime; Mind, Body and Spirit; and Relax. Highlights for 2014 include a professional portrait studio; a golf clinic and putting green; psychics and tarot card readers; yoga; health screenings; manicures and hair care; massage therapists; an oxygen bar; aromatherapy; jewelry making and more. “The NADA convention has taken the lifestyle and wellness concept to the next level with four specialty zones,” said Melissa Wolpert, director of convention services and operations for ATD-NADA. “Attendees can take a quick break from the action throughout the day. The activities last about 10 to 15 minutes.” NADA has partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to offer skin care and makeup consultation from Lancôme, clothing accessory bars for men and women, Hermes fragrance bar and fashion show. Click here for the complete schedule.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Top Stories
Paccar, Volvo and Daimler Report Strong Earnings
Truckers Tap into Gas Boom
Trailer Orders Rise 3.5% in September
Award-Winning Lifestyle and Wellness Experience Returns to ATD-NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans



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