Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Graphs: Auto Sales in May

by Calculated Risk on 6/02/2009 04:01:00 PM

Vehicle Sales Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the historical light vehicle sales from the BEA (blue) and an estimate for May (red, light vehicle sales of 9.91 million SAAR from AutoData Corp).

May was the best month of 2009 (on seasonally adjusted basis), but sales are still on pace to be the worst since 1967.

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

The small increase in May hardly shows up on the graph.

In 1967 there were 103 million drivers; now there are about twice that many (205.7 million licensed drivers in 2007). Compared to the number of drivers, the current sales rate is the lowest since the BEA started tracking auto sales.