Light truck tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market slipped 13.1 percent in April from the year-ago month, while those for passenger, medium and wide base truck and heavy truck tires rose, according to Rubber Manufacturers Association data.
Aftermarket passenger tire shipments grew 2.8 percent during the month but lagged last year's totals through April by 2.1 percent.
Shipments of medium and wide base truck tires grew 10.2 percent in April and 0.7 percent for the year to date. Heavy truck tire shipments also improved, climbing 14.4 percent in April and 3.2 percent year-to-date.
Aftermarket LT tire shipments for the first four months of 2003 fell 9.8 percent from last year.
Shipments of tires to vehicle makers also were generally lower for the month, down 15.1 percent for passenger tires, 7.9 percent for LT tires and 15.3 percent for heavy truck tires. In contrast, original equipment shipments of medium and wide base truck tires grew 2.3 percent in April.