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Used Class 8 sales fell for third consecutive month

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 8% month-over-month in June, the third consecutive sequential drop, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 8% month-over-month in June, the third consecutive sequential drop, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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Additionally, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 25% decline compared to June 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 18%.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included year-over-year comparisons for June 2019, which showed that average prices rose 5%, while average miles shed 1%, and average age was unchanged from the prior year.

“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the used truck market continues to slow, despite some segments having not yet experienced any meaningful signs of deceleration,” said Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research. “ACT has reported that the U.S. has entered a freight recession, two consecutive quarters of contraction. Despite six months of declining freight, most carriers are just now coming to grips with the reality of their markets and thus, it is not surprising that dealers’ experiences range from little to no impact on sales to significant drops in volume and pricing.”

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