Shipments of passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. replacement market fell in July, pushing the year-to-date totals further behind last year, the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data showed.
Through July, replacement passenger tire shipments had slipped 5.3 percent from a year ago to 109.3 million units, while those for light truck tires fell 4.4 percent to 19.2 million units.
Truck and bus tire shipments also declined for the month but continued to outpace last year's totals by 1.5 percent through the first seven months of the year.
In contrast to the slump in domestic shipments, the onslaught of imported tires into the U.S. continued unabated through the first seven months of the year in two of the three tire categories tracked by the RMA.
Imports of light truck tires grew 13.2 percent through July compared with last year, while those for truck and bus tires gained nearly 9 percent.
By contrast, year-to-date shipments of passenger tires imported into the U.S. fell 2.2 percent from a year ago.