WASHINGTON-For the third consecutive month, tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market fell across the board in September, compared with the year-ago month, with the sole exception of the industrial and utility tire category. According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, passenger tire shipments slipped 2.7 percent to 15.6 million units, and were down 3.3 percent through the first three quarters of the year.
Shipments of light truck tires slid 5.6 percent for the month to 2.47 million units, pulling the nine-month total down to within 1 percent of last year's.
September shipments of medium and wide-base truck tires skidded 2.8 percent to 1.14 million units, while the total for the year to date was off 3.5 percent.
Shipments of replacement tires for heavy and large off-the-road trucks edged down 1.3 percent in the month to 37,900 units and fell 12.9 percent for the year.
Industrial and utility tire shipments climbed 15.9 for the month to 393,000 units, while the nine-month total shot up 30.6 percent.
In the Canadian aftermarket, passenger tire shipments grew 13.4 percent in September, while shipments of truck and bus tires dropped 4.5 percent.