AKRON (Nov. 22)—Goodyear's shipments of passenger and light truck/sport-utility vehicles were down 3 percent in October—about the same as the industry performance once tires replaced as part of last year's Ford Motor Co. replacement program are excluded, according to Goodyear's monthly investor update. On the commercial side, Goodyear said it is increasing production domestically and importing tires from its plants in Brazil and Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. in Japan to meet back-ordered demand. Industry shipments of commercial replacement tires were up 9 percent over last year. In October, industry shipments to original equipment customers increased 12 percent from a year ago for consumer tires and 29 percent for commercial tires. Goodyear's shipments of OE tires increased less than industry levels, the Akron-based tire maker said.
Goodyear's October consumer tire shipments similar to industry rate
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