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2015 Construction Industry Forecast

Contractors still showing strong optimism about improved construction activity

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Wells Fargo Equipment Finance publishes quarterly newsletters for executives in the construction and transportation industries.

Construction Quarterly

Construction Quarterly features insightful commentary, industry news highlights, a stock index, economic indicators, and periodic survey results.

Q4-2014 Construction Quarterly (PDF) As 2014 draws to a close, we have witnessed another year of modest but somewhat uneven growth in the construction industry. A series of positive indicators are pointing to 2015 being another year of slowly improving construction activity.

Q3-2014 Construction Quarterly (PDF) The Second-Half 2014 Construction Executive Survey shows continued improvement in the U.S. construction industry. Contractors and equipment distributors report stronger activity than a year ago and positive feedback on Tier IV equipment performance. The trend toward greater equipment rental continues even with rental rates on the rise.

Q2-2014 Construction Quarterly (PDF) Construction spending and other indicators have been on the rise, despite a sour Q1 reading on GDP. Read about the interest rate environment and what your company may want to do about it.

2014 Construction Industry Forecast (PDF) Construction industry executives across the U.S. express strong optimism that local construction activity will increase in 2014 compared to a year ago. Based on the responses of 522 executives, the survey's Optimism Quotient reached an all-time high of 124. Respondents were equally confident about improvement in residential and non-residential construction.

Q4-2013 Construction Quarterly (PDF) Year-over-year residential building continues to lead the way with strong growth while private non-residential construction has been modest. Read what factors are contributing to this trend.

Trucking Quarterly

Trucking Quarterly features insightful commentary, industry news, and economic trends that affect for-hire and private carriers.

Q1-2015 Trucking Quarterly While transportation related to the energy sector may face an uphill climb this year, improvements in other sectors are expected to offset, and perhaps exceed, those declines.

Q4-2014 Trucking Quarterly With positive movement in many indicators of the trucking industry — including freight, fuel, and orders — confidence about prospects for the transportation industry in 2015 remains high.

Q3-2014 Trucking Quarterly Growing confidence in the economy and increased freight demand contributed to a 70% surge in Class 8 truck orders and 36.7% increase in trailer orders.

Q2-2014 Trucking Quarterly (PDF) Inclement weather in the first quarter caused a decline in consumer spending and a drop in housing starts, but with Class 8 backlogs increasing for the ninth straight month, the trucking industry ended the first quarter on a high note.

Q1-2014 Trucking Quarterly (PDF) Trucking industry executives anticipate continued economic growth, increased freight tonnage, and renewed demand for equipment replacement in 2014.