April 30, 2012 / 5:38 PM / in 6 years

N.Am replacement car battery shipments fall in Feb

* February replacement battery shipments drop 8 pct mo/mo

* OEM shipments gain almost 8 pct mo/mo, soar 20.35 pct yr/yr

April 30 (Reuters) - North American shipments of replacement automotive batteries dropped 8.08 percent in February from January and slid 10.35 percent from February 2011, a U.S. industry group said in its latest report.

Battery Council International reported that shipments fell to 7,625,187 units in February from 8,295,333 in January and 8,505,562 in February 2011.

For the year through February, replacement battery shipments slid 10.58 percent to 15,920,520 units from 17,803,349 a year earlier.

Meanwhile, North American shipments of original equipment, or OEM, automotive batteries rose 7.89 percent to 1,551,340 units in February from 1,437,951 in January and jumped 20.35 percent from 1,288,975 in February 2011, BCI said in its monthly report.

Year-to-date, OEM shipments surged 22.37 percent to 2,989,291 units through February from 2,442,838 in the first two months of 2011.

Replacement batteries are shipped to parts dealers and wholesalers. Original equipment batteries are usually transported directly to auto manufacturers.

The Battery Council said the figures reflected reports from all of its members, adjusted to account for the entire industry. (Reporting By Carole Vaporean in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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