(Reuters) - U.S. sales of heavy-duty trucks rose to their highest levels this year in September, data from industry body WardsAuto showed on Tuesday, signaling a slow recovery in the economy that has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sales of Class 8 trucks, which have three or more axles, rose to 19,126 in September but were still down nearly 33% compared with the same month last year, when volumes touched 28,258 units.
Daimler DAIGn.DE Trucks North America's Freightliner sold 7,713 units, the highest among all truckmakers, but was down 33.8% compared with a year earlier.
Paccar Inc's PCAR.O Kenworth reported second-highest sales of 2,800 units, down 26.9% from the 2019 period.
Volvo Trucks North America, a unit of Volvo AB VOLVb.ST, became the only truckmaker to report an increase in sales which rose 0.5% to 1,960 trucks.
Reporting by Shreyasee Raj; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.
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