Daimler Trucks reports improved sales

Daimler Trucks has reported global year to date sales of 229,881 units to the end of June, an increase of 27 per cent over the corresponding 2011 period which had achieved sales of 180,718 new trucks.

The German-based company continued its good sales and revenue development in the North American region and in Asia and positive exchange rates effects also contributed to earnings. However, there was an opposing negative effect on earnings from the generally declining demand in Brazil. This was related to the country’s weaker economy as well as the new diesel engine emission standards that came into effect on January 1 of this year.

Nonetheless, Daimler Trucks anticipates another rise in total unit sales this year. In Europe, the division will make use of its competitive advantages with the new Mercedes-Benz Actros. It is assumed that Daimler Trucks’ sales will develop at a better rate than the European market as a whole.

Strong demand is expected in the North American region for the full 2012 year. The main factor will be the high average age of the trucks on the road and the resulting need for transport operators to invest in replacements. High growth rates are also anticipated in Asia. Demand in Japan continues to be driven by the work of reconstruction following the earthquake and tsunami natural disaster.

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