Monday, April 27, 2015

Vehicle Sales Forecasts: Best April in "13 Years"

by Bill McBride on 4/27/2015 01:11:00 PM

The automakers will report April vehicle sales on Friday, May 1st. Sales in March were at 17.05 million on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR), and it appears sales will be strong in April too.  April sales (SA) will probably be the best since 2005.

Note:  There were 26 selling days in April, the same as last year.  Here are a couple of forecasts:

From WardsAuto: Forecast: April Daily Sales to Reach 13-Year High

A WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. automakers to deliver 1.474 million light vehicles this month.

The forecasted daily sales rate of 56,706 over 26 days represents a 6.7% improvement from like-2014 (also 26 days) and would mark the industry’s best April, on a daily basis, since 2002, as well as the highest April sales volume since 2000.
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The report puts the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales for the month at 16.8 million units, down from March’s 17.1 million SAAR, but some 800,000 units above year-ago and slightly ahead of the 16.8 million first-quarter SAAR.
From J.D. Power: New-Vehicle Sales in April Strongest for the Month in a Decade
Total light-vehicle sales are projected to reach 1,463,700, a 5 percent increase compared with April 2014 and the highest level for the month since April 2005 when 1,500,624 new vehicles were sold. [Total forecast 16.6 million SAAR]
Another strong month for auto sales.