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Tractor, combine sales lag in August

The total number of tractors and combines sold in the U.S. in August was down across the board from a year ago, with the greatest inventory declines coming in four-wheel-drive tractors and combines, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Altogether, 16,477 two-wheel-drive tractors were sold last month, down 10.2% from August 2005. The grestest decline in this general category came in tractors of 100 horsepower or more, of which almost 17% fewer were sold in August compared to a year ago.

More than 40% fewer four-wheel-drive tractors, 128, were sold last month compared to a year ago, when 214 were sold, according to AEM data. Overall, almost 2,000 fewer tractors were sold in August -- 16,605 -- compared to a year ago, when 18,558 were sold.

So far for 2006, 154,711 tractors have been sold nationwide, versus 158,683 at this time last year. Five-hundred thirty-two combines were sold last month compared to 678 last August, a 21.5% decline, AEM data indicates.

The total number of tractors and combines sold in the U.S. in August was down across the board from a year ago, with the greatest inventory declines coming in four-wheel-drive tractors and combines, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

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