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Preliminary Sept. truck orders 3% higher than August

The order data is in line with Class 8 sales within the United States, which are 11.9 percent lower than the same time last year.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR has released preliminary data showing September Class 8 truck net orders at 19,777 units 29 percent better than a year ago but just 3 percent higher than August orders.

September is now the fourth consecutive month with Class 8 orders below 20,000 resulting in annualized orders for the six-month period, including September, dipping to 240,600 units.

Preliminary order numbers are for all major North American OEMs.

“The order data was generally in line with expectations,” Eric Starks, FTR's president, said. “Activity is modest but still suggests a flat production and sales market over the next few months. We will be looking hard at the October orders to see if production expectations through the end of the year can be met."

Final data for September will be available from FTR later in the month as part of its North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook service.

The order data is in line with Class 8 sales within the United States.

Through August, 2013 sales have totaled 116,468 compared with 132,164 at the same time last year, a decline of 11.9 percent.

Annualized, that would mean 2013 sales would end up about 20,000 less than last year; however, December is usually a strong month, so 2013 sales might creep closer to that 2012 figure by the end of the year.

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