Small To Mid-Sized Tractor Sales Strong In April, Large Equipment Weakens
According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ monthly “Flash Report,” the sales of all tractors in the U.S. for April 2012 were up 12% compared to the same month last year.
For the year 2012, a total of 54,512 tractors were sold, which compares to 51,956 sold through April 2011.
For the month, two-wheel-drive smaller tractor (under 40 HP) were up 17% from last year, and 40 & under 100 HP were up 12%. Sales of two-wheel-drive 100+ HP were down 4% from last year, and four-wheel-drive tractors were down 5% for the month.
For the first four months, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) are up 7% from last year, while 40 & under 100 HP are up 6%. Sales of 2-wheel drive 100+ HP are up 0.1%, while 4-Wheel Drive tractors are down 2% for the year.
Combine sales were down 24% for the month. Sales of combines for the first four months totaled 1,899, a decrease of 39% over the same period in 2011.