WASHINGTON-Shipments of light and medium truck tires to the U.S. replacement market slowed in April from the pace set in the first quarter, when shipments ran well ahead of 1993 levels. Passenger tire shipments actually fell 10.6 percent in April, compared with the 1993 month, to 12.1 million units. Shipments for the year to date, which stood 9.4 percent ahead of last year at the end of the first quarter, were just 3.6 percent ahead through April, at 53.4 million tires.
Shipments of light truck tires edged up 1.6 percent for the month, to 1.82 million units, but grew 9.5 percent for the four months, to 7.84 million units.
Likewise for medium and wide-base truck tires, April shipments rose 2.1 percent to 886,000 units, but the year-to-date total remained 13.3 percent ahead of 1993 at 3.82 million units.
Shipments of heavy truck and large off-the-road tires jumped more than 20 percent for both the month and four months, with radials increasing their share from just over one-third to closer to one-half, the Rubber Manufacturers Association data showed.
Shipments of farm tires ran about even with last year for the four-month period, but the number of radials declined by 12.4 percent to 47,200 units.