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Our recent conversations with dealers leave us with the view that retail sell-out trends showed stability in November, with a slight drop in momentum from October. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers saw unit sales improve by roughly 1% to 2% compared to the prior year’s period, which was still the fourth highest observed growth rate in our tire demand index for the year.

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The Average Customer Continues to Look More Toward Quality Than Value

Feedback from with leave us with a view that retail sell-out trends showed strength in October with a notable pickup in momentum from September. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers reported they saw unit sales improve roughly 1% to 2% compared to the prior year’s period and came in as the third highest observed growth rate in our tire demand index for the year.

Impending New Tariff Puts Domestic Manufacturers in a Net Positive Position

Our recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out trends showed strength in August with a notable pickup in momentum from July. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers reported they saw unit sales improve roughly 3% to 4% compared to the prior year’s period and came in notably above recent growth rates observed in our tire demand index.

Reduced Levels of Cash Flow From Tax Refunds Inhibit Big Ticket Purchases

Recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out continues to trend positively as retail conditions remain healthy and volumes improved over the prior year’s period (8th straight month).  From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers relayed they saw unit sales volumes improve modestly (~1.1%) compared to the same period last year.

Consumers May be Experiencing Sticker Shock Following Price Increases

Recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out remains healthy and trends continue to remain on the positive side of the ledger. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers relayed they saw unit sales volumes improve in the low-single-digit range compared to the same period last year and were up roughly 1% for the first quarter as a whole.

2018 Was a Year of Change, 2019 Will Be a Year of the Impact

What transpired in the tire industry in 2018 and what will happen in 2019? John Healy, a managing director and research analyst with Northcoast Research Holdings LLC based in Cleveland, Ohio, and author of MTD’s monthly column Your Marketplace, took on our questions and offered his thoughts and predictions.