Canadian 1998 unit sales of heavy- and medium-duty trucks were up 6.8% for 1998 — 36,605 to 34,286. But the total numbers hide a three-month year-end slide, as December finishes down 1.6% from like-1997, 2,972 vs. 3,019. October and November also were lower than previous-year tallies. Still, 1998 finished well ahead of like-1996. At least part of the current decline is a result of Ford Motor Co.'s departure from the heavy-duty market and the failure of the new Sterling Truck Corp. brand ...

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