From WardsAuto: March U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales, Inventory Pegged for Solid Gains; First-Quarter Deliveries to Rise 7% (pay content). Brief excerpt:Though gradually improving, inventory remains the story behind why sales remain low by historical standards. There are underlying crosscurrents related to the economy, rising interest rates and geopolitics, among others, that are helping stanch demand, but lack of inventory is the main reason growth is not significantly stronger (and even largely why prices are stuck at elevated levels – though that headwind is lessening as inventory rises).
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This graph shows actual sales from the BEA (Blue), and Wards forecast for March (Red).
The Wards forecast of 14.4 million SAAR, would be down 3% from last month, and up 6.2% from a year ago.