Saturday, October 02, 2010

Except for CFC, Auto Sales Reach 2-Year High

Vehicle sales were released today for September, and here are some highlights:

1. On a "seasonally-adjusted annual rate" basis, total U.S. light vehicle sales increased to 11.76 million units in September, which was 2.55% higher than August, and 25.4% higher than September last year (see chart above). 

2. Except for the artificial sales stimulus of "cash-for-clunkers" (CFC) in August 2009 when sales topped 14 million (at an annual rate), September vehicle sales reached the highest monthly level in two years. 

3. Ford and Chrysler led the automakers in September with sales increases of 46.4% and 60.9%, respectively, compared to the same month last year.

4. Light truck sales were especially strong in September, with a 40.8% increase over last year.  See related CD post "The Pickup Truck Indicator: Recovery is Real."

5. Year-to-date vehicle sales this year are 10.3% ahead of last year. 


At 10/02/2010 3:56 AM, Blogger B-Daddy said...

The recovery may be real, but it sure is slow. Sales are still far below the nominal 17 million per year that was normal before the recession. I guess its all a matter of perspective.


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