Aftermarket sales indicator falls for seventh consecutive month

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting (CMVC) reported Wednesday its Parts Aftermarket Sales Leading Indicator (PLI) decreased by 0.7 percent in July — its seventh consecutive month with a negative reading.

CMVC says this trend continues to signal a soft parts aftermarket sales environment in the coming months.

“The re-opening of the economy has spurred trucking activity, which is a stimulus to parts aftermarket sales, but the recovery in trucking activity is from the trough of the recession and many industries sales remain below pre-recession levels, so fleets are rationalizing capacity,” says Chris Brady, president, CMVC.

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Brady says the process of bringing fleet capacity in equilibrium with freight volumes/business sales limits the upside potential in parts aftermarket sales from higher trucking activity.

“Two opposing forces at work in the parts aftermarket, higher truck utilization (+) and fleets rationalizing capacity resulting in a lower truck population (-),” he says.

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