WASHINGTON-Following a slugglish first quarter, in which U.S. aftermarket tire shipments lagged 1995 levels in all categories except passenger tires, things picked up in April. While shipments of replacement passenger tires continued to outpace last year, April shipments of replacement light truck and heavy truck/large off-the-road truck tires also surpassed year-ago levels.
Compared with April 1995, aftermarket shipments of passenger and light truck tires grew 8.5 and 14.3 percent, respectively, and were up 4.5 and 2 percent for the year to date.
At the same time, shipments of aftermarket medium/wide-base truck and industrial/utility tires-while still lower than last April-narrowed the gap, coming closer to 1995 levels than in the first three months of the year.
Data on shipments of farm tractor and implement tires remained unavailable.
In Canada, shipments of replacement passenger tires climbed 9.3 percent in April, bringing the year-to-date total within half of a percentage point of 1995's.
Shipments of replacement truck tires jumped 18 percent for the month, but still lagged 8.1-percent behind last year for the four months.