27 July 2001

Tractor sales in first half of 2001 near 2000 figure

By Andy Collings

IN the first six months of 2001 5709 tractor registrations were recorded by the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), almost the same total for the January/June period last year.

In terms of horsepower sold, this fell by 1.1% which, says the AEA, was due to the large number of compact tractors sold, 414 rather than 359. The average for the agricultural units (40hp+) was also slightly down from 115.3hp to 114.8hp.

Although the volume of tractors sold overall was on par with last years performance there have been some wild variations within the designated horsepower brackets.

One of the largest falls was in the 41-60hp range where there was a decline of 21.4%. Minor falls in the 61-70hp and 71-80hp ranges are balanced by a 25.2% increase in the 81-90hp band and a 5.8% increase for the 91-100hp tractors.

Tractor sales on a regional level also saw some swings. The South West dropped by 11% and the East Midlands had an increase of 24.2%. Wales saw an increase of 17.6%. Dramatic as these percentages may appear to be, it is worth bearing in mind that when the total number of tractors sold is split into regional totals, the figures are relatively small and, as a result, any slight increase can be reflected as a high percentage. &#42


Jan-June 2000 Jan-June 2001 % change

Hp range Units % of Total Units % of Total 2001/2000

0-40 359 6.4 414 7.3 15.3

41-60 131 2.3 103 1.8 -21.4

61-70 137 2.4 125 2.2 -8.8

71-80 392 6.9 378 6.6 -3.6

81-90 539 9.5 675 11.8 25.2

91-100 1,147 20.3 1,213 21.2 5.8

101-120 1,010 17.9 900 15.8 -10.9

121-140 1,310 23.2 1,243 21.8 -5.1

141+ 625 11.1 658 11.5 5.3

Total >40hp 5,291 5,295 0.1

Tractor horsepower analysis