WASHINGTON-Wholesale tire prices increased slightly or remained the same during September, according to the Labor Department's Producer Price Index. For the year, prices for tires and tubes were up 3 percent despite a poor performance in the truck/bus category, which was down 1 percent. The medium/heavy and light highway original equipment or replacement categories both rose 0.4 percent in September but remained down 6.8 and 3 percent respectively for the year.
Non-radial truck tires rose 0.1 percent in September and 3.1 percent over those of the year-earlier period.
Passenger radials, which held even in September, were up 3.3 percent over 1994.
Despite only holding ground in September, tread rubber prices remained up 7.8 percent over the year-earlier period.
The tread rubber, tire sundries and repair and other tire sundries and repair materials categories showed dips of less than 1/2 percent in September.