by Bill McBride on 9/01/2015 02:31:00 PM
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Based on a WardsAuto estimate, light vehicle sales were at a 17.72 million SAAR in August. That is up 2.9% from August 2014, and up 1.3% from the 17.5 million annual sales rate last month.
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This graph shows the historical light vehicle sales from the BEA (blue) and an estimate for July (red, light vehicle sales of 17.7 million SAAR from WardsAuto).
This was above to the consensus forecast of 17.3 million SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual rate).
The 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 very strong month for auto sales - even with Labor Day falling in the September sales month this year (it was included in August last year).
It appears 2015 will be the best year for light vehicle sales since 2001.