orders for Class 8 trucks rose to 19,777 units in September, up
3 percent from August and 29 percent higher than a year
earlier, according to preliminary data from forecasting firm
September was the
fourth straight month with Class 8 orders below 20,000 units.
Annualized orders for the six months ended Sept. 30 dipped to
"The order data was
generally in line with expectations. Activity is modest but
still suggests a flat production and sales market over the next
few months," Eric Starks, president of Bloomington, Ind.-based
FTR, said. "We will be looking hard at the October orders to
see if production expectations through the end of the year can
Cass Information Systems Inc.s index for commercial
vehicle demand hit 1,156 in September, up 2.7 percent from
August but just 0.1 percent higher year on year.