Make that 10 in a row.
U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks fell again in January, continuing a streak that began last April.
This time the falloff was 31.3 percent below year-ago levels.
Over the past 10 months, Class 8 sales declines have ranged from 6.5 percent in May to 44.3 percent in November.
A total of 11,358 Class 8 trucks were sold, down from 16,539 sales in January 2000.
The biggest percentage declines in January were felt by Kenworth, down 45.2 percent, and Freightliner, down 41.4 percent.
Navistar fell 35.5 percent; Mack, 32.3 percent; and Peterbilt, 17.7 percent.
The big winner for the month was Sterling, a division of Freightliner. Its Class 8 sales dropped just 2.3 percent.
Double-digit declines also were felt in Classes 6 and 7 - the two biggest segments by volume below Class 8. Sales in Classes 4 and 5 rose.
Total U.S. sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks dropped 18.7 percent for the month.