Quarterly Report Descriptions


Every quarter, EPA Inc. prepares industry specific reports. Full prior reports may be downloaded for your review and evaluation.

The quarterly Rail Car Outlook (May 2000) details the prospects for railcar deliveries for six major revenue car types: open hoppers, covered hoppers, box cars, gondolas, flat cars (intermodal as well as Class F), and tank cars. Our analysis involves a breakdown of new versus replacement demand and includes evaluations and projections of factors such as the railroad environment, intermodal competition, commodity hauling, size and age of individual car type fleets, and technological improvements. The forecast horizon is both short term (1-2 years) as well as long term (5 years).

The quarterly Truck & Trailer Outlook (November 2005) provides the analysis and outlooks for various types of commercial truck equipment ( classes 4-8), focusing on determinants such as trucking environment, commodities hauled by trucks, major customer market activities, size of fleets, legislative developments, and technological advances. Each report details historical and projected US retail demand for classes 4-8 and North American production of classes 7 and 8 vehicles both short term ( 6-8 quarters) as well as long term ( 5 years). The report also provides an ongoing industry review and projection of truck trailer demand by ten trailer types such as van, reefer, tank, dump, platform, low bed, and bulk. In addition, an evaluation of the competitive and regulatory issues impacting freight transportation are presented. Competing equipment, such as containers, are also discussed in the intermodal section of the report. Each issue contains a two-year forecast of quarterly shipments by individual trailer type as well as an annual five-year forecast of each trailer type.

The quarterly Economic Outlook (December 2005) details overall economic activity and developments in consumer spending, capital goods demand, construction activity, housing, consumer and industrial prices, interest rates, foreign trade, and government spending.