Monday, January 05, 2015

U.S. Light Vehicle Sales decrease to 16.8 million annual rate in December

by Bill McBride on 1/05/2015 02:05:00 PM

Based on a WardsAuto estimate, light vehicle sales were at a 16.75 million SAAR in December. That is up 8.8% from December 2013, and down 1.7% from the 17.09 million annual sales rate last month.

Vehicle Sales Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the historical light vehicle sales from the BEA (blue) and an estimate for December (red, light vehicle sales of 16.75 million SAAR from WardsAuto).

This was below the consensus forecast of 16.9 million SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual rate).

Vehicle SalesThe second graph shows light vehicle sales since the BEA started keeping data in 1967.

Note: dashed line is current estimated sales rate.

This was another strong month for vehicle sales - the eighth consecutive month with a sales rate over 16 million - and the best year since 2006.