European replacement tire market down in first quarter

ERJ staff report (BC)

Brussels – European replacement tire market sales were down across the board in the first quarter of 2013, according to the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) as reported by Tire Business.

The sharpest decreases were in the consumer and motorcycle tire markets, the ETRMA said. Consumer tire sales fell 12 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to 45.6 million units. Motorcycle tire sales dropped 13 percent to 2.7 million units, the association said.

Agricultural tire sales also were significantly lower, down…

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