WASHINGTON-November tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market bounced back in most categories to exceed the year-earlier month, though total shipments for the year continued to lag 1994 levels in most cases, according to recent data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Passenger tire shipments surged 5.8 percent in the month, but were 2.5-percent behind 1994 for the 11 months at 153.7 million units.
Year-to-date shipments of passenger tires to the original equipment market were revised downward approximately 1 million units, the result of a redistribution caused by earlier misreporting. According to the RMA, the tires in question were exported, not shipped to the OE market.
Aftermarket shipments of light truck tires grew 3.8 percent in November, advancing the 11-month total 1.3 percent compared to that of 1994.
Shipments of replacement medium and wide-base truck tires slipped 2.5 percent in the month, pushing the total for the year 3.8 percent below the year- earlier level.
In the industrial and utility tire category, November shipments fell 8.9 percent, though those for the 11 months remained 22.4-percent ahead of 1994.