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Truck tire shipments: nowhere to go but up

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Year-to-year replacement truck tire shipments in the United States dropped 19.3% in 2009, according to the latest Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue.

Shipments were an estimated 12.5 million units, 3 million less than in 2008. Overall, replacement medium and heavy truck tire shipment sales totaled $4.2 billion.

The drop in original equipment shipments was even steeper: 51.1%, from 4.3 million units to 2.1 million units.

Since 2006, replacement and OE truck tire shipments have trended steadily downward.

Truck tire shipments in the U.S., 2006-2009

Year     Replacement     OE

2006    17.6                      7.1

2007    16.7                      5.0   

2008    15.5                      4.3

2009    12.5                      2.1

Since 2006, domestic replacement and OE truck tire shipments have decreased  29% and 70.4%, respectively.

The Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue also breaks down the farm and OTR tire markets, plus retreading and more. Look for it in January!

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