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CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Columbus, Ohio, asked 59 for-hire, government and private fleet managers about their 2008 equipment purchasing plans as part of the research firm's regular Q4 Fleet Sentiment survey. Results indicate that power-unit and trailer purchases will be somewhat soft. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they plan to buy power equipment in 2008, but many will wait until Q2 or later. Thirty-two percent said the number of power units to be purchased will be "less than a typical buy".
With regard to trailer purchases, only 64 percent of fleets surveyed plan to make purchases in 2008; of those, 68 percent said their purchases would represent a "typical" number of units for their fleet. A small percentage of those fleets surveyed indicated that their equipment purchases in 2008 may be "more than a typical" number,14 percent for power units and 11 percent for trailers.
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