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The Bedford Report

January 13, 2011 08:46 ET

At Last These Truckers Are Showing Signs of Recovery

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on YRC Worldwide & Landstar System

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) - The trucking industry represents a very important component of the US economy. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the trucking industry adds about 5% to the Gross Domestic product each year. The trucking industry was hit exceptionally hard during the economic crisis with nearly 2000 companies going out of business and others reducing the size of their fleets. Only in the last eight months has demand volume begun to rise, giving truckers improving fundamentals. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Trucking Industry and provides research reports on YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) and Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

In recent quarters, remarks from major trucking companies suggest that shipment weights and load count are both increasing as various markets recover. Truck freight volume, however, remains quite erratic. The trucking industry growth is measured by the American Trucking Association Tonnage Index, which is a survey of a wide variety of trucking and shipping companies. In its most recent report -- for the month of October -- the ATA's seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 0.1 percent vs. 0.9% rise in October.

ATA's Chief Economist Bob Costello said he expects truck freight tonnage to grow modestly during the first half of 2011 before accelerating in the latter half of the year into 2012.

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Even the much-maligned trucking company YRC Worldwide has begun to show signs of stabilizing. In the third quarter the company reported a dramatic reduction in its losses as it benefited from lower costs as well as a continued upswing in freight. YRC posted a loss of $61.7 million, or $1.33 per share, compared with a year-ago loss of $158.7 million, or $66.66 per share. During the economic downturn, YRC lost more than $2.2 billion, and annual revenues fell by nearly one-half in 2009 compared with 2006.

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