Although sales of new medium and heavy trucks increased in 2003 and the glut of used trucks abated, profitability still eluded many truck manufacturers. Total retail sales of trucks in gross vehicle weight Classes 4-8 rose 1.9% in 2003 to 328,389 units, with those in Class 4-7 (medium-duty) running 5.8% ahead of 2002 at 186,425 units, while Class 8 sales fell 2.8% to 141,964. Despite increased medium-duty sales, several truck manufacturers either withdrew from the U.S. market or ...

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