After two very weak years, German tire dealers expect another poor year in 2009.
BRV, the national tire dealers association, is forecasting a 4.9 percent drop in sales of light-truck tires and a 5.1 percent decline for other trucks. Sales of passenger-car tires are expected to remain unchanged from 2008 at about 43.7 million.
German dealers sold 23.3 million summer and 20.4 million winter tires for cars last year. In 2006, overall sales totaled 51.4 million car tires.