Class 8 sales fall in October

U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks in October dropped 18.3 percent below sales in the year-ago month.

October sales totaled 11,797 units. It was the first month this year that Class 8 sales declined less than 20 percent.

September was the first month this year sales declined less than 30 percent.

Kenworth, owned by Paccar Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., posted the steepest percentage drop in October, down 35.1 percent to 807 units. Western Star, owned by DaimlerChrysler, had the second-largest percentage decline, down 34.2 percent to 102 units.

Freightliner and Sterling, both owned by DaimlerChrysler, were the only two truckmakers to post higher sales in October. Sterling sales rose 8.1 percent; Freightliner sales went up 6.9 percent.

Class 8 sales for the first 10 months of the year totaled 118,310 units, down 35.9 percent from the same period the previous year.

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