WASHINGTON—led by a 15-percent jump in medium and wide-base truck tires, replacement tire shipments to the U.S. aftermarket grew in the three principal categories monitored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association during the first quarter of 1999. Shipments of replacement light truck tires climbed 8.7 percent during the first three months of the year, while those of passenger tires rose 3.9 percent, compared with the first quarter of 1998.
The only category to experience a decrease for the quarter was heavy truck tires, where replacement shipments dropped 6.5 percent.
In the Canadian aftermarket, the Rubber Association of Canada reported that shipments of passenger tires by its members fell 5.9 percent, while shipments of truck and bus tires rose 3.9 percent.
In the U.S., original equipment tire shipments also grew during the quarter, with light truck tires surging 22.5 percent and medium/wide-base truck tire, 16.7 percent.