WASHINGTON—Shipments of tires to the U.S. replacement market fell sharply in July, compared with the 1999 month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
The greatest drop came in the commercial truck tire categories, where medium and wide-base truck shipments plunged 14.9 percent for the month and were down 2.4 percent for the first seven months of the year. Heavy-duty truck plummeted 18.6 percent for the month and 4.8 percent for the year to date.
July shipments of passenger and light truck tires fell 12.4 and 12.7 percent, respectively, but remained ahead of 1999 levels for the seven months—by 1 and 3.7 percent.
In the Canadian aftermarket, passenger tire shipments by members of the Rubber Association of Canada rose 3.1 percent in July and were up 5 percent for the year to date. Truck/bus tire shipments fell 10.9 percent in July but were up 1.9 percent for the seven months.