UPDATE 1-Freightliner says Class 8 sales below hopes


(Adds quotes, background and byline) By James B. Kelleher CHICAGO, March 28 (Reuters) - The top executive at Freightliner LLC, the leading U.S. truck-maker, said on Wednesday that orders for its biggest on-highway trucks had been weaker than expected so far this year and that the company was cutting second-quarter production and laying off workers to cope. In an interview with Reuters, Chris Patterson, the company's chief executive and president, blamed continued weakness in the ...

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