Truck sales grow in May

Retail sales of medium and heavy trucks increased 4% in May,  according to figures compiled by Ward’s Auto Group, a division of Penton Media.

For the month, dealers sold 53,704 trucks with gross vehicle  weight ratings in excess of 10,000 pounds, up 4% from April and a 4% gain as  well as from May 2012.  Class 6 sales  were especially strong, up 24% from May 2012.   Class 8 trucks (GVW ratings above 33,000 pounds) were down 14%.

Through the first five month of 2013, customers bought  237,943 medium and heavy trucks, up 3% from the corresponding period of 2012.

Including light trucks (GVW ratings below 10,000 pounds),  dealers sold 760,857 trucks in May, up 10% from a year ago.

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