U.S. Auto Battery Shipments Fell in December: Summary

Replacement automobile battery shipments fell in December, according to the Battery Council International.

Shipments of replacement vehicle batteries fell to 9.34 million units, while original-equipment battery shipments rose to 1.154 million units from the same period last year.

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                      Dec.    Nov.   Oct.  Sept.   Aug.   July   June   Dec.
                      2011    2011   2011   2011   2011   2011   2011   2010
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                      ------------------Total Shipments------------------
Replacement          9,338   9,545  9,730  8,941  8,870  8,181  8,955  9,969
Original-Equipment   1,154   1,319  1,397  1,346  1,386    958  1,353    983
                      --------------------YoY% Change--------------------
Replacement          -6.3%    0.6%   3.2%  -3.8%  -5.2%  -4.4%   4.3%    n/a
Original-Equipment   17.4%   15.5%  13.9%  11.4%  12.9%   3.2%   7.8%    n/a
                      --------------------MoM% Change--------------------
Replacement          -2.2%   -1.9%   8.8%   0.8%   8.4%  -8.6%   5.6%    n/a
Original-Equipment  -12.6%   -5.6%   3.8%  -2.9%  44.6% -29.2%   4.9%    n/a
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Note: Data in thousands of units.

Source: Battery Council International

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