Tractor sales still fall

19 May 2000




In action with the Primera direct drill. Amazone says it can also be used in minimal tillage and conventional crop establishment systems.

Left: Coulter detail of the Amazone Primera. Note the chisel tine and the close proximity of the following spider wheel.

Tractor sales still fall

TRACTOR sales continue to fall. Latest figures released by the Agricultural Engineers Assoc- iation (AEA) reveal that registrations in April dropped by 16.9% when compared with the same period last year. This follows last months sales slump of 7.4%.

A total of 901 units were sold in April, bringing the year-to-date figure to 3041 units – compared with 3138 tractors for the same opening months last year.

AEA economist Chris Evans believes sales could fluctuate throughout the rest of the year: "Company restructuring and the dire state of the agricultural industry indicates that traders are hard pressed to make a sale.

"At this stage of the year, the industry is not pressing the panic button. The majority of traders believe sales in May might be down, although not to the same extent as in April. Overall sales for 2000 should not be more than 500 units down on last year," he says.


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