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Commercial net orders decline in July

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Total U.S. commercial trailer net orders declined 2% in July from June levels. According to the latest data from ACT Research, the industry has now posted declines in net orders for four consecutive months.

When combined with solid trailer production volume during July, the decline in net orders resulted in industry backlogs slipping 4% month-over-month. Industry backlog, which ended the month at 93,600 units, closed July up 97% on a year-over-year basis.

“Given the industry’s normal seasonal business patterns, the pace of orders is expected to slow further in the third quarter. Current activity is tracking to those expectations,” says Frank Maly, director CV Transportation Analysis and Research with ACT. “Order volume should begin to build again during fall and winter. Significantly, cancellations continue to be low. That denotes a solid backlog, and that’s a positive indicator for the industry through the rest of 2011 and into 2012.”

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