WASHINGTON—Shipments of both replacement and original equipment tires to the U.S. market generally fell in June, compared with the year-earlier month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. In the passenger tire segment, aftermarket shipments slipped 1.7 percent to 15.6 million units, while OE shipments held steady at 4.74 million units.
For light truck tires, replacement shipments dropped 5 percent to 2.34 million units, while shipments of OE tires plunged 18 percent to 476,000.
Aftermarket shipments of medium and wide-base truck tires were unchanged for the month at 1.18 million units, but OE shipments plummeted 27.7 percent to 340,000 units.
June data were unavailable for both the tractor/implement and industrial/utility tire segments.
The situation was somewhat different in Canada, where shipments of replacement passenger tires by members of the Rubber Association of Canada (which account for most, but not all of the Canadian aftermarket) climbed 8.3 percent to 847,612 units.
Shipments of replacement truck and bus tires by RAC members fell 11.6 percent for the month to 239,600 units.