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For-hire motor carriers of freight, top carriers

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The Daily

Monday, September 29, 2008
First quarter 2008

The top 97 for-hire carriers (Canadian-based trucking companies earning $25 million or more annually) generated operating revenue of $2.6 billion and operating expenses of $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2008.

The year-over-year growth in expenses (+2.1%) was slightly higher than that of revenue (+1.8%), but the difference was small enough that the operating ratio (operating expenses divided by operating revenue) remained unchanged from the previous year at 0.95. A ratio greater than 1.00 represents an operating loss.

The top carriers for the first quarter of 2008 included 64 general freight and 33 specialized freight carriers compared with 66 and 31, respectively, a year ago.

Note: Readers should note that, with few exceptions, additions and deletions to the top carriers are done only for the first quarter of each calendar year, while the composition of a top carrier may change at any time due to acquisitions or divestitures. Year-over-year variations in revenues and expenses may arise from changes to the mix of companies included in the top carriers and/or changes in the financial results reported by individual carriers. The revenues and expenses attributed to top carriers may also include that of some companies with less than $25 million in annual revenue, particularly when these companies exist in complex corporate structures where their individual activities may be difficult to accurately measure.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2748.

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