WASHINGTON-Shipments of tires to the U.S. replacement market fell in July in all but one category-industrial and utility tires-compared with the 1994 month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Shipments of replacement passenger tires slid 8.1 percent to 12.7 million units, putting them 3 percent behind last year's levels through the first seven months.
Light truck tire shipments edged down 1.8 percent to 1.95 million units, due to a drop in bias-ply units. Shipments of radials rose 0.8 percent for the month.
For the year to date, LT shipments remained 4.7-percent ahead of 1994.
Shipments of medium and wide-base truck tires plunged 17.3 percent in July to 840,000 units, and were down 2.4 percent for the year.
Likewise, aftermarket shipments of heavy and large off-the-road tires dove 15 percent in the month to 26,700 units, and were off by the same percentage for the seven months.
Industrial and utility tire shipments-the lone bright spot in the replacement market-surged 26.1 percent in July to 307,000 units, and were fully one-third ahead of 1994 levels for the year to date.