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Strong new car sales lead to better replacement tire demand

No snow — that was the problem for dealers in northern climates in December as retail tire sales at those dealerships were very weak. Some reported to me...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9351/strong-new-car-sales-lead-to-better-replacement-tire-demand
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Service, Suppliers, Wholesale Distribution
Goodyear, Cooper win with sharply different product strategies

In 2Q12, Cooper Tire saw its North American volume increase by 15% while Goodyear’s replacement volume in N.A. fell by 10%. The overall market was...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9436/goodyear-cooper-win-with-sharply-different-product-strategies
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
Look for tire demand and production to continue to increase

When the last round of tire price hikes were announced last September/October, natural rubber was selling at about $1.50/lb.; today it is at $2.20/lb. There...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9267/look-for-tire-demand-and-production-to-continue-to-increase
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
With gas prices down and driving levels up, expect increased tire demand

This year has been characterized by soft retail demand, high tire prices forced by surging raw materials, poor fill rates early in the year and new leaders...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9322/with-gas-prices-down-and-driving-levels-up-expect-increased-tire-demand
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
Heavy dose of creativity is needed to increase business

Uncertain European economies, the U.S. debt crisis, Congressional gridlock, 9.2% unemployment and a slumping stock market are enough to explain why...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9297/heavy-dose-of-creativity-is-needed-to-increase-business
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
Stock up on tires, as higher prices may well be on the way

Last month I wrote that due to sharply lower raw material costs during 4Q11, I would not expect to see any further tire price hikes any time soon....

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9359/stock-up-on-tires-as-higher-prices-may-well-be-on-the-way
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
Stock prices suggest better times for the tire industry

As I write this comment on March 22, the stock market — often a leading indicator — is saying good things about the tire industry. Year-to-date as of...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9264/stock-prices-suggest-better-times-for-the-tire-industry
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
High fuel prices will impact consumer driving patterns and tire demand

Besides my regular channel checks with tire dealers and manufacturers, I speak often with suppliers of raw materials including producers of synthetic...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9263/high-fuel-prices-will-impact-consumer-driving-patterns-and-tire-demand
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
Look for a renewed consumer focus on performance vs. price

Gasoline prices seem to be increasing again with prices for regular north of $3 a gallon almost everywhere. While I do not expect driving levels to be...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9266/look-for-a-renewed-consumer-focus-on-performance-vs-price
Categories: Commercial Business, Retail, Wholesale Distribution
Despite higher prices, tire demand to increase by 3%

As expected, wholesale tire prices are going up as much as 8% in March as raw materials took a big jump up in January 2011. While natural rubber is the most...

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/9265/despite-higher-prices-tire-demand-to-increase-by-3


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