Truck sales down 27% in May

Retail sales of Class 3-8 trucks were off 27% in May, according to figures compiled by Wards Communications.

Truck dealers sold 46,078 Class 3-8 trucks for the month, compared with 62,888 a year earlier. Class 8 trucks led the decline, dropping 52% from May 2006 levels.

Despite reduced sales overall, some GVW classes posted gains during May. Class 3 trucks were up 3% for the month, and Class 4 models edged up 5%.

Through the first five months of 2007, dealers sold 231,289 Class 3-8 trucks, down 33% from the corresponding period of 2006.

Retail truck sales—May 2007


Current month

Prior month

% Change

Year ago

% Change

YTD

YTD Prior Year

% Change

Class 1

519,437

479,414

8%

546,950

-5%

2,419,445

2,612,374

-7%

Class 2

246,092

215,121

14%

191,669

28%

1,096,060

912,138

20%

Class 3

14,538

13,454

8%

14,114

3%

57,361

64,714

-11%

Class 4

4,715

4,973

-5%

4,501

5%

20,787

20,890

0%

Class 5

4,017

4,078

-1%

5,523

-27%

18,688

20,670

-10%

Class 6

5,040

5,755

-12%

5,924

-15%

25,942

29,559

-12%

Class 7

5,614

5,384

4%

7,677

-27%

31,868

36,882

-14%

Class 8

12,154

13,373

-9%

25,149

-52%

76,643

114,969

-33%

Total

811,607

741,552

9%

801,507

1%

3,746,794

3,812,196

-2%










Over 10K

46,078

47,017

-2%

62,888

-27%

231,289

287,684

-20%

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