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ACT Research: Class 8 preliminary net orders remain soft in September

Continued weakness in Class 8 demand is in line with a wide swath of data that indicates a pullback in business investment, both domestic and international, ahead of the potential for bad political decisions at year’s end,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst, ACT Research.

The Trucker News Services

10/8/2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. — North America heavy-duty GVW Class 8 commercial vehicle preliminary net orders for September, as reported by ACT Research Co., LLC, remained soft.

The final numbers, which will be released mid-October, will approach 15,600 units for heavy duty Class 8 trucks and 14,000 for medium-duty Classes 5-7 vehicles. The preliminary net order numbers are typically accurate to within 5 percent of actual.

“Seasonally adjusted, Class 8 net orders were 17,900 units and Classes 5-7 net orders were 13,000 units. Continued weakness in Class 8 demand is in line with a wide swath of data that indicates a pullback in business investment, both domestic and international, ahead of the potential for bad political decisions at year’s end,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst, ACT Research.

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“Softness continues to manifest itself in a number of freight related data series. As the angst will not be resolved until after Election Day, there does not appear to be a near-term trigger for broadly stronger orders. Regarding Classes 5-7, orders continued at consistent levels. September’s volume was within 100 units of August and was the third consecutive month with a positive year-over-year comparison.”

ACT is the recognized leading publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the China CV market.

ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as the banking and investment community. For more information on ACT, go to their website at http://www.actresearch.net.

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