Class 8 net orders continued to move sideways for the third consecutive month in October at 13,907 units. Seasonally adjusted, October’s orders were weak at 12,060 units, according to the numbers from ACT Research Co.
“The driving factor behind the weak net orders number was an unusually high level of cancellations booked in the month (8,610),” said Jim Meil, ACT’s research principal and industry analyst. “The cancellations offset a total orders number of 22,517 that reflected, to some degree, the traditional strength of this kickoff month.”
October Classes 5-7 net orders were 20,922 (18,250 SA). “Medium-duty statistics continue to reflect the underlying health of the consumer and closely related segments of the economy: retail sales (especially online and parcel delivery), services and construction,” Meil noted. “While this was a drop from September SA results, it does sustain a YTD increase compared to the like 10 months in 2015.”