WASHINGTON-Tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market fell in October, compared with the 1994 month, in all but one category, according to recent data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The lone category to show growth was heavy truck and large off-the-road truck tires, where replacement shipments rose 7.8 percent for the month, but remained 10.8-percent behind 1994 levels for the 10-month period.
Replacement passenger tire shipments sagged 2.8 percent for the month and were down 3.3 percent for the 10 months.
Shipments of replacement light truck tires slid 3.3 percent in October, due entirely to a decrease in shipments of bias-ply tires. Radial light truck shipments actually edged up 0.7 percent in the month. For the 10 months, total light truck tire shipments were 1.0 percent ahead of 1994.
Aftermarket shipments of medium and wide-base truck tires dropped 7.0 percent in the month, pushing the year-to-date total down 3.9 percent.
Industrial and utility tire shipments tumbled 9.2 percent in October-the first time in 1995 they did not exceed the year-earlier month-and the 10-month total was a hefty 25.8-percent higher than in 1994.