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05May94 UK: TRUCK MAKERS GET A LIFT.

Truck makers reported a strengthening recovery in demand last week at the Tipcon exhibition in Harrogate.They said sales of the eight-wheeler trucks leaped 72 per cent in the first quarter of this year, and the three-axle market rose by 32 per cent.David Gill, Leyland Daf's managing director, said: 'In the past 20 weeks more Leyland Daf six-and eight-wheelers were sold than in all 52 weeks of last year.'Heavier vehicles, which accounted for much of the steady growth in the second half of 1993, are still pulling the market up.Sales of trucks between 3.5 and 38 tonnes are up 22 per cent, while the market above 15 tonnes is up by 34 per cent.Mr Gill predicted that annual sales above 3.5 tonnes will top 40-43,000 trucks this year, compared with 32,000 last year. CONSTRUCTION NEWS