Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks continued to slide in February, dropping 27.1 percent to 25,026 from a year earlier. Class 4-8 trucks haven't seen a year-on-year sales increase since January 2007.
Class 8 trucks were hit hardest, falling 37.9 percent to 10,229 units. Class 7 trucks dropped 36.1 percent to 4,071.
Sales of Class 6 trucks totaled 3,636, a 19.8 percent drop. Class 5 truck sales skidded 8.0 percent to 3,117 units.
In contrast, sales of Class 4 trucks rose 12.2 percent to 3,973.
Freightliner led all big-truck manufacturers in sales. The company sold 5,221 big trucks in February, down 45.5 percent. International took the No. 2 spot by selling 4,996 trucks, down 20.4 percent.
Third-place Ford Motor Co. was the only high-volume company in the sector to post a sales gain. Ford sold 4,798 Class 4-8 trucks, up 3.9 percent.
For the first two months of 2008, Class 4-8 sales fell 29.8 percent from the year-earlier period to 51,586 trucks.