August truck sales up 10 percent

Retail sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks sales climbed in August from the month before, and Class 8 continued to lead the market by posting huge gains compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by Wards Intelligence.

Dealers sold 70,255 trucks with gross vehicle weight ratings above 10,000 pounds last month, up 11% from July. By weight, the totals were 24,942 in Class 3 (+8%); 1,727 in Class 4 (+20%), 7,247 in Class 5 (+18%); 5,490 in Class 6 (-7%), the lone slip; 6,906 in Class 7 (+13%); and 23,913 in Class 8 (+16%).

Compared to sales in August 2017 the totals were up 9%, with Class 8 running 39% ahead of last year. Class 3, however, posted a decrease from a year ago, down 4%.

For the first eight months of the year, medium- and heavy-duty truck sales were up 9% compared with 2017, again led by Class 8 and its 32% improvement. And, again, only Class 3 (-5%) has posted a decline in the YTD total.

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