The market for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in Canada continues to take a battering, but July sales results marked a slight improvement over June.

July big-truck deliveries of 1,754 units finished 46.7% below like-2008, bettering the previous month’s 48% decline from year-ago.

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Class 8 deliveries dropped 49.4% to 962 units, as all manufacturers lost at least 35% of their year-ago volume. Daimler AG’s Western Star suffered the biggest plunge, down 68%, while PACCAR Inc.’s Kenworth brand posted the smallest decline at 34.7%.

Total medium-duty sales fell 42.9% to 792 units, with Class 7’s 52.2% slide the sector’s worst.

Daimler’s Mitsubishi Fuso brand and Ford Motor Co. each posted a 1-unit increase vs. year-ago in Class 7. An 83.7% decline posted by Daimler’s Freightliner brand was the segment’s steepest.

Class 6 enjoyed the most modest drop at 23.4%. Hino Motor Mfg. USA Inc. more than doubled sales to 22 units, offsetting some of the volume losses elsewhere. Freightliner’s 95% decline to just one truck was the segment’s largest.

Two manufacturers posted gains and two held steady, but Class 5 sales still slumped 46.5% in July. Declines of 50% of more were seen almost across the board, with International Truck and Engine Corp.’s 90.3% plunge the biggest.

Class 4 was the second-best performing sector in July, with deliveries down 27.1%. Hino debuted in the group, adding 26 units.