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LMTA & ULL Announce Business Sentiment Index Survey Results

Louisiana Motor Transport Association and UL-Lafayette Partner for Survey

(Lafayette, La.) — Recently, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), under the direction of 2011 Chairman of the Board Doug Place, partnered with the Moody College of Business at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to survey Louisiana trucking industry executives on their view of economic indicators associated with the trucking and logistics industry. The survey is a significant tool for Louisiana CEO’s because trucking activity is indicative of trends in future economic activity.

“Our industry, much like the economy in general, has been experiencing roller-coaster ups and downs for the past few years,” said Place, CFO of Lafayette-based Dupre’ Logistics. “Studies such as this provide a view of the future and assist professionals in making smart business decisions. In Louisiana and the nation, the logistics industry serves as a leading indicator of upcoming shifts in the business landscape due to our important role in the supply chain.”

The sentiment index conducted in July and August 2011 surveyed 34 trucking industry executives in Louisiana.  The survey concluded that the Business Sentiment Index for the 2nd Quarter of 2011 was 56 out of 100. A reading of 50 is normal. Therefore, the score of 56 indicates that the sentiment in the industry is “better than normal.”

“The first ever Louisiana trucking survey indicates that the transport sector is doing better than the rest of the economy,” said Dr. Linus Wilson, Assistant Professor of Finance in the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Regarding the findings of the study Wilson continued, “Despite the slow overall national economy, transport companies have greater truck loadings that last year.  Costs are increasing for trucking companies, forcing them to seek rate increases.  Many trucking companies are looking to expand, but are hampered by a lack of qualified drivers.”

Respondents answered questions about orders, prices, new business prospects and drivers. The LMTA plans to repeat this inaugural survey quarterly, making results available to the logistics industry in particular and the Louisiana business community as a whole. To review the individual survey responses, please see the attached document.

The Louisiana Motor Transport Association promotes “The Success and Support of the Trucking Industry.”  The Association fosters and advances safety on Louisiana roads and protects and defends the interests of it over 400 members.