PARIS (Feb. 12)—France suffered a decline in tire shipments last year, according to a report from a Paris-based rubber and polymer institute. In 2001, France's passenger tire market declined about 1.3 percent, to 25 million units, with the falloff accelerating the last quarter, said the Syndicat National du Caoutchouc et des Polymers. Shipments of heavy vehicle tires in France slipped 9.9 percent in 2001 compared with the previous year, while tires for four-wheel-drive vehicles showed a 15-percent increase, the study said.
France tire market shows decline
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