DETROIT - U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks in April fell 7 percent from the same month the previous year.
A total of 11,882 units were sold in April.
Western Star, owned by DaimlerChrysler, posted the steepest percentage drop, with sales dropping 47 percent to 86 units.
Freightliner, also owned by DaimlerChrysler, had the second largest percentage drop, down 11.3 percent to 3,428 units.
International bucked the segment's downward trend and posted the most dramatic percentage gain, up 13.1 percent to 2,077 units.
Kenworth and Peterbilt, both owned by Paccar Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., also had higher sales. Kenworth's sales were up 1.7 percent to 1,138 units. Peterbilt's sales were up 0.2 percent to 1,333 units.
U.S. Class 8 sales for the first four months of the year of 39,908 units were down 15.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago.
Combined medium- and heavy-duty truck sales were down 0.7 percent in April and down 16.5 percent for the first four months of the year.