WASHINGTON-U.S. replacement tire shipments in February fell in every category reported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, compared with the 1995 month. The across-the-board decline followed a more promising start in January, when replacement passenger and light truck tire shipments grew about 5 percent.
In February, aftermarket passenger tire shipments slid 4.1 percent, putting the two-month total about on par with 1995.
Shipments of light truck tires dropped 9.7 percent for the month, sending the two-month total 2.2-percent below last year's level.
Shipments of replacement medium and wide-base truck tires skidded 18.8 percent in February and were down 14.3 percent for the two months, while shipments of large off-the-road and heavy truck tires slipped 4.1 percent for the month and were even for the two months.
Aftermarket shipments of industrial and utility tires plunged 37.2 percent in February, for a two-month decrease of 36.6 percent.
In Canada, replacement passenger tire shipments climbed 3.5 percent for the month, while truck and bus tire shipments sank 10.8 percent.