Normally, a month-over-month decline in the sales of Class 8 trucks might be worrisome, but not this year.
The July sales of those heavy-duty tractors were down 7.8 percent compared to June, but were up 24.4 percent over July 2014. Sales total for July 2015 was 23,383 compared with 25,369 in June.
Year-to-date sales are up 23.7 percent through the first seven months of 2015 (146,571) as the industry heads toward a possible 250,000 sales in 2015 based on the fact that in 2014, 46 percent of the total annual sales occurred during the last five months of the year.
Peterbilt was the only nameplate that showed a month-over-month gain.
The Denton, Texas-based OEM sold 3,075 trucks in July 2015 compared with 2,935 in June, an increase of 4.8 percent.
Freightliner sales topped 9,000 for the second month in a row (9,114 compared with 9,386 in June).
Sales data is provided by WardsAuto.
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