Exports from U.S. and Canada assembly plants dropped 18.8% in April from same-month 1998 bringing the year-to-date total to a level 17.5% below year-ago, based on the most recent data available. Year-to-date 1999 exports through April totaled 145,761 cars and trucks compared to four-month 1998's 176,703. Separately, cars are up 4.4%, while trucks — including medium- and heavy-duty models — are down 32.1%. Indeed, cars this year account for 50.6% of exports, compared to 40.0% in the same ...

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