Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. increased 18.6% in July to 41,388 units from like-2004’s 36,233. Heavy-duty (Class 8) deliveries surged 26.0% to 21,043. The smallest increase among the four major manufactures was PACCAR Inc.’s 16.0%. Medium-duty (Class 4-7) sales expanded 11.8% over year-ago. Deliveries of Class 7 rigs swelled 12.9% on strong results by International Truck and Engine Corp. and Freightliner Corp. Class 6 posted the only decline, down 18.3%, while ...

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