The 39,463 medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in February represent a 2.6% decline against like-1999 figures, the first monthly drop for the industry in over two years. The decrease could be a forebearer of a slower but still healthy sales pace in 2000, as many analysts and executives predicted. Despite the downturn, year-to-date deliveries still are running 2.9% ahead of year-ago (73,963 vs. 71,853). Medium- and heavy-duty segments both posted declines. In the medium-duty segment ...

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