Class 8 sales slide in Sept.

U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks in September were down 29.8 percent from the year-ago month.

Class 8 sales for the month totaled 9,667 units. The decline in September was an improvement from the 31.8 percent drop in August and the 36.1 percent drop in July. September was the only month this year in which Class 8 sales dropped less than 30 percent.

For the year to date through September, Class 8 sales were down

37.4 percent.

Western Star, owned by DaimlerChrysler, posted the largest percentage drop, down 66.5 percent to 68 units.

DaimlerChrysler’s Freightliner Corp., the largest-volume U.S. truckmaker, posted a much smaller decrease, down 18.1 percent.

Kenworth and Peterbilt, both owned by Paccar Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., were the second- and third-worst performers for the month. Kenworth’s September Class 8 sales fell 43.07 percent; Peterbilt’s dropped 40.76 percent.

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