WASHINGTON—Shipments of passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. replacement market in September were within 1 percent of the levels in the year-earlier month, according to data released recently by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. At the same time, shipments of replacement medium and wide-base truck tires grew 5 percent to 1.19 million units, marking the third consecutive month of growth in this category.
Shipment totals for the first three quarters, however, show replacement passenger and LT tires ahead of 1995 by 4.3 and 4.9 percent, respectively, while medium and wide-base truck lag the previous year by 1.6 percent.
Data for the remaining tire categories continue to be unavailable, according to the RMA.
In the Canadian aftermarket, passenger tire shipments by members of the Rubber Association of Canada skidded 7.6 percent in September, compared with the 1995 month, while those of truck and bus tires climbed 8.9 percent.
Through the first three quarters, however, passenger tire shipments rose 1.8 percent above the previous year's level, while shipments of truck and bus tires fell 4.9 percent.