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

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

Shipments of replacement vehicle batteries fell to 8.30 million units, while original-equipment battery shipments rose to 1.438 million units from the same period last year.

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                      Jan.    Dec.   Nov.   Oct.  Sept.   Aug.   July   Jan.
                      2012    2011   2011   2011   2011   2011   2011   2011
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                      ------------------Total Shipments------------------
Replacement          8,295   9,338  9,545  9,730  8,941  8,870  8,181  9,298
Original-Equipment   1,438   1,154  1,319  1,397  1,346  1,386    958  1,154
                      --------------------YoY% Change--------------------
Replacement         -10.8%   -6.3%   0.6%   3.2%  -3.8%  -5.2%  -4.4%    n/a
Original-Equipment   24.6%   17.4%  15.5%  13.9%  11.4%  12.9%   3.2%    n/a
                      --------------------MoM% Change--------------------
Replacement         -11.2%   -2.2%  -1.9%   8.8%   0.8%   8.4%  -8.6%    n/a
Original-Equipment   24.6%  -12.6%  -5.6%   3.8%  -2.9%  44.6% -29.2%    n/a
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Note: Data in thousands of units.

Source: Battery Council International

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