Retail truck sales post strong gains

Retail sales of medium and heavy duty trucks were up sharply in October, according to figures compiled by Wards Communications.
Truck dealers sold 426,591 trucks during the month, up 18% from September. Of those, 30,459 had gross vehicle ratings above 10,000 pounds, 11% more than were posted during September.
Despite the strong performance relative to the previous month, truck sales in October remained below year-earlier levels. While light-duty trucks were off only 1% from October 2008, those above 10,000 pounds GVWR finished the month down 11% when compared with October 2008.
Retail truck sales
October 2009


Oct 2009

Sept 2009

Change

Oct 2008

Change

First 10 months 2009

First 10 months 2008

Change

Class 1

276,785

234,650

18%

266,899

4%

2,898,130

3,795,290

-24%

Class 2

119,347

100,661

19%

128,476

-7%

1,074,342

1,618,122

-34%

Class 3

12,208

10,493

16%

9,770

25%

89,489

115,524

-23%

Class 4

1,574

1,411

12%

2,380

-34%

16,047

31,590

-49%

Class 5

2,088

1,813

15%

2,925

-29%

19,054

34,679

-45%

Class 6

2,296

2,000

15%

2,701

-15%

18,353

34,240

-46%

Class 7

3,793

3,428

11%

4,355

-13%

32,542

42,658

-24%

Class 8

8,500

7,769

9%

12,073

-30%

74,380

110,128

-32%

Total

426,591

362,225

18%

429,579

-1%

4,222,337

5,782,231

-27%



















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