The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) shows truck freight outperforming the U.S. economy this year, with 3.9 percent growth expected. The TCI slipped in January to 6.1, which is still a positive reading. Readings over zero indicates an “adequate” trucking environment, with reading over 10 meaning favorable pricing and volumes for truckers. Truckload and less than-truckload pricing should rise 3 to 5 percent in 2012 according to analysts. By the numbers, current capacity and volume are in good balance but they warn that shippers should be prepared for some pricing fluxes as capacity tightens. Analysts expect the trucking industry to strengthen in 2012 barring any major economic setbacks.