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U.S. Class 8 retail sales in May rose 13.9% compared with a year earlier to just clear 20,000, Wards Intelligence reported.
A trend is building. Sales in the two previous months also percolated higher compared with almost every month in the past 12 months.
May sales were 20,713 compared with 18,187 in the 2021 period.
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All truck makers but two increased sales in May compared with a year earlier.
Volvo Trucks North America climbed the most, 80.2% to 2,546 and a 12.3% share in May.
International, a brand of Navistar Inc. grew 22.9% to 2,799 and a 13.5% share.
Paccar Inc.’s Peterbilt Motors Co. brand climbed 15.1% to 3,375 and a 16.3% share.
Western Star rose 14.3% to 511 and a 2.5% share.
Market leader Freightliner climbed 9.8% to 7,307 and a 35.3% share.
Western Star and Freightliner are brands of Daimler Truck North America.
There was a flip side.
Mack Trucks dropped 11.2% to 1,372 and a 6.6% share.
Mack and VTNA are brands of Volvo Group.
Kenworth Truck Co., also a Paccar brand, fell 4% to 2,803 and a 13.5% share.
Year-to-date sales slipped 2% to 89,897 compared with 91,714 a year earlier.
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