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Class 8 orders flat, medium-duty surges over last year

Jason Cannon June 10, 2013

North American Class 8 preliminary net orders of 23,300 mirrored April’s figures, and preliminary net orders for Classes 5-7 at 16,700 units were also in line with the previous month’s tally.

Final numbers will be released mid-June, but preliminary net order numbers are typically accurate to within 5 percent of actual.

“May typically represents the start of the slower order season for Class 8. As such, seasonal adjustment pushed May’s order number above the recent trend to 24,300 units,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst, ACT Research. “The preliminary volume for Classes 5-7 represents a 12 increase compared to last year. With a low but positive factor, seasonal adjustment gave a modest boost to the May order tally at 17,200 units.”

ACT Research’s calculations resemble those of FTR Associates, which released their estimations last week.

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