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Class 8 orders fall in June but up 13% over last year; activity typical for May-September

Steve Tam, ACT’s vice president, commercial vehicle sector, said, “Industry watchers can take solace in the fact that this is an almost perennial ritual that takes place as buyers turn their attention to pursuits other than purchasing new equipment.”

The Trucker News Services

7/3/2013

COLUMBUS, Ind. — “In typical seasonal fashion,” said ACT Research, “Class 8 orders fell in June, with the preliminary count coming in at 18,900 units.”

Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 13 percent stronger. Similar to Class 8, June’s medium-duty orders exhibited the same pattern of sequential softening, but year-over-year growth.

The preliminary tally of Classes 5-7 orders shows a month-over-month decline to 14,900 units, but a 6 percent increase compared to June 2012. Based on truckers’ historical ordering patterns, activity typically slows in the May to September time frame.

It’s to be expected, said an ACT spokesman

“Given the softer customer activity, both Class 8 and Classes 5-7 backlogs are likely to be reduced as OEMs build more vehicles than they received orders for during June,” said Steve Tam, ACT’s vice president, commercial vehicle sector. “Industry watchers can take solace in the fact that this is an almost perennial ritual that takes place as buyers turn their attention to pursuits other than purchasing new equipment.”

ACT is the 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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