WASHINGTON-Passenger tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market grew 7.6 percent in June from the month before, but declined in all other tire categories, according to the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data.
After falling for three months in a row earlier this year, replacement passenger tire shipments have now posted back-to-back monthly gains, although they still trail last year's year-to-date totals by 2.5 percent.
In contrast, shipments of original equipment passenger tires to auto makers fell for the sixth consecutive month, declining 12.1 percent in June and slipping 12.2 percent for the year to date.
Monthly replacement shipments of medium and wide base truck tires fell 16.1 percent; first-half totals slid 18.1 percent, the RMA said. OE shipments of these tires slipped 39.1 percent for the month and 43.2 percent year-to-date.
While not as steep a decline, replacement shipments of light truck tires also were down-11.8 percent in June and 9.2 percent for the first six months. OE shipments followed the same trend, falling 23.9 percent for the month and 24.2 percent for the year-to-date.