U.S. big-truck deliveries hit the air brakes in July, freefalling 18.1% to 23,741 unit sales, compared with like-2007’s 26,754, according to Ward’s data. Hardest-hit last month were Class 7 and Class 5 trucks, which saw shortfalls of 38.3% and 28.1%, respectively. Related document: U.S. Truck Sales and Inventory by Weight Class – July 2008 And for the second consecutive month, Class 8 trucks recorded the market’s only positive result, a 2.3% sales hike compared with July 2007. ...

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