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May Vehicle Sales Forecast: 15.3 million SAAR, Up Sharply YoY


From WardsAuto: May U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Set for Biggest Volume Gain in 2023 (pay content).  Brief excerpt:Rising inventory, combined with pent-up demand, is keeping growth going mostly by holding the long list of economic- and price-related headwinds at bay, but there is potential for demand to sharply drop at the end of the month – and in June – if an agreement on the U.S. debt ceiling remains elusive and further spooks consumers.

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Note: When writing “biggest volume gain”, Wards is referring to the year-over-year gain since sales were especially weak in May 2022.

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This graph shows actual sales from the BEA (Blue), and Wards forecast for May (Red).

The Wards forecast of 15.3 million SAAR, would be down 3.9% from last month, and up 21.6% from a year ago.

Vehicle sales are usually a transmission mechanism for Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy, although far behind housing.  This time vehicle sales were more suppressed by supply chain issues and have picked up recently.

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