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June used truck sales grew 8% over May, but lagged behind June 2011 and the first six months of 2011. Pricing appears to be slowing a little more rapidly than was previously expected.

The update on the used truck market is reported in the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by Americas Commercial Trucking (ACT) Research.

“While June’s sales appear positive at face value, concerns are now surfacing, especially relative to the amount of inventory on hand and the prices at which those units were acquired,” reported Steve Tam, vice president-Commercial Vehicle Sector with ACT.

Concerning pricing, he added, “The slowdown is not necessarily permanent, nor irreversible, but is a reflection of current economic conditions. Flat demand for more units started the ball rolling.”

Tam adds that higher prices have led to changes in financing, which are making transactions more expensive and preventing some potential buyers from making purchases. He says the solution lies in increased economic activity, which is expected, but at a measured pace.

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