Retail truck sales steady in April

Retail truck sales steady in April

Retail sales of medium and heavy trucks held steady in April, according to figures compiled by WardsAuto.

Dealers sold 58,750 trucks with gross vehicle weight ratings above 10,000 pounds in April, down 6% from March and off 1% from a year ago.  The declines, however, were the result in a 17% drop in Class 8 sales and a 12% loss in Class 7.

Classes 3-6 all posted year-over-year gains in April.  Class 3 trucks were up 7%, Class 4 models jumped 21%, Class 5 edged up 2%, and Class 6 posted a 9% gain from April 2016.

For the first four months of 2017, medium and heavy trucks edged down 2% compared with the same period last year.  A 26% decline canceled out gains posted by Class 3 and 4 models.

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