TOKYO (Nov. 13)—Sales of Firestone replacement car and light truck tires fell about 40 percent in the U.S. in September and October compared with the year-earlier months, according to Yoichiro Kaizaki, president of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.´s parent firm. Without offering specific figures, the Bridgestone Corp. executive told the Associated Press that overall Bridgestone/Firestone sales were down only by a single-digit percentage for the two months, largely because of higher sales for Bridgestone- and other non-Firestone brands made by the Nashville, Tenn.-based tire maker. A company spokesman it was no surprise that September and October sales were off, because the firm has been concentrating on completing the 6.5-million-tire recall it began in August. "But still our year-to-date sales are on a par with last year, and our year-to-date original equipment sales are up strongly and surpass the industrywide figures," he said. The spokesman also declined to give exact numbers.
Firestone sales off 40 percent, Kaizaki says
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