For big truck makers, it doesn't get any better than 1999 — or does it? Industry executives and analysts are predicting U.S. sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks will decline about 10% this year to some 450,000 units, but they admit to being just as skeptical about 1999 when 1998 wrapped up with record sales. Of course, by March when industry year-to-date sales were running 29.1% ahead of like-1998 results, it was clear everyone had underestimated. Sales of Class 4-8 trucks in the U.S. ...

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