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North American car battery sales rise in Aug on auto recovery

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Continued recovery in car and

truck sales bolstered shipments of new and replacement

automotive batteries in North America in August, fuelling

optimism about demand for lead metal, according to data the

Battery Council International released on Tuesday.

Lead is the main ingredient in automobile batteries.

Shipments of original equipment batteries rose 31 percent to

1.6 million units from a slower July, while replacement battery

shipments dipped 1.4 percent to 8.7 million, the data showed.

The data follows a 17 percent rise in August vehicle sales

in the United States.

Auto batteries often fail in extreme cold or heat during the

winter and summer months. Demand for replacement batteries was

dampened by a cooler-than-usual summer in the Northern

Hemisphere summer.

North American shipments of replacement and original

equipment automotive batteries in August:

Battery type Aug 2013 July 2013 Percent Aug 2012 Percent

Change Change

Replacement 8.7 8.8 -1.40 9.6 -9.5


Original 1.6 1.2 31.0 1.5 5.4


Total 10.3 10 30.0 11.1 -4.07

Jan-Aug Jan-Aug Percent

2013 2012 Change

Replacement 69.9 69.8 0.15


Original 12.6 11.9 5.6


Total 82.5 81.7 5.8