DETROIT -- U.S. sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks fell for the 34th straight month in November. But the drop was the smallest yet this year.
Class 4 through 8 truck sales fell 16 percent in November from a year earlier to 18,738. It was the first time this year that the drop was less than 20 percent. Sales through the first 11 months of 2009 slid 31 percent to 203,690.
Freightliner sales rose 3 percent to 4,330, climbing past Ford Motor Co. to the No. 2 position among brands for the month. Ford's sales tumbled 29 percent to 3,279.
Sales at No. 1 International slipped 6 percent to 4,720.
Sales of Class 7 trucks stood out, rising 12 percent to 3,180. But sales of all other weight classes fell, paced by a 32 percent drop in sales of Class 4 trucks to 2,626.
Sales fell 17 percent for both Class 5 trucks, to 2,060, and Class 6 trucks, to 2,011. Class 8 trucks, the largest, fell 16 percent to 8,861.