The U.S. tire industry continued to ship fewer tires to replacement customers in March, pushing year-to-date totals below last year in all categories monitored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Aftermarket shipments of passenger tires fell 0.3 percent from March 2002 and declined 3.6 percent through the first three months of 2003, the data showed.
In light truck tires, monthly aftermarket shipments slipped 8.7 percent in March and fell by the same percentage for the quarter.
As for medium and wide-base truck tires, aftermarket shipments slumped 5.2 percent in March and fell 2.4 percent behind last year's quarterly totals. And those for heavy truck tires declined 3.2 percent and fell 0.2 percent for the year-to-date.
In Canada, replacement shipments of passenger and light truck tires grew during March, while those of medium and heavy truck tires were lower, according to Rubber Association of Canada statistics.