COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle Ooutlook, yellow lights are flashing for the U.S. economy, and by extension for the North American commercial vehicle industry.
“Over the course of the fourth quarter 2018, the list of indicators flashing yellow became longer and brighter for the U.S. economy,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. “While there is insufficient evidence to make a recession call, there is enough presently to suggest growing potential for sectoral recessions, à la 2015.”
Vieth noted that after several months of deterioration, the spread between contract and spot rates has been sufficiently wide for a sufficiently long period that ACT’s rate pressure analysis is now calling for negative contract rates, if just, by the second quarter 2019.
“Despite some caution creeping into the outlook, the heavy commercial vehicle market continues to benefit from a still-broad spectrum of supply and demand-side triggers,” Vieth said.
Regarding ACT’s medium duty forecasts, Vieth said preliminary December orders were modestly below the current trend, with orders averaging 25,000 units per month in 2018, which continued to exert moderate upward pressure on forecasts.”
ACT Research is a publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American and China markets.
ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies. More information can be found at www.actresearch.net.
For more information about ACT’s NA Commercial Vehicle Outlook, go to http://www.actresearch.net/services/publications/the-act-n-a-commercial-vehicle-outlook/.
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