Saturday, December 05, 2009

Autos: Google Domestic Trends

by Bill McBride on 12/05/2009 06:29:00 PM

We've looked at this resource from Google before: Domestic Trends. Google is tracking search trends for several specific sectors of the economy.

As an example, below is a screen capture of the Auto Buyers Index.

Google Auto Buyers Index Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This shows the seasonality of car buying, plus the Cash-for-clunkers surge in searches. Click on link for interactive graph - you can also plot the data YoY.

The YoY data for autos has recently turned slightly negative.

I also recommend real estate, rental and unemployment.

The YoY rental index has just turned positive, and the unemployment index has turned up again.

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