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April Vehicle Sales Forecast: Increase to 14.5 million SAAR

by Calculated Risk on 4/22/2022 07:46:00 PM

From WardsAuto: April, Second-Quarter U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales to Continue Sequential Growth (pay content). Brief excerpt:

“Bottom line is U.S. sales remain weak, and below potential, but are trending up from the depths they fell to in the second half of last year due to a dearth in supply. Although geopolitics, economic headwinds and ongoing supply-chain issues undeniably are creating huge risks to the outlook, sales still are expected to gradually rise through the end of the year.”

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

The Wards forecast of 14.5 million SAAR, would be up about 9% from last month, and down 21% from a year ago (sales were solid in April 2021, as sales recovered from the depths of the pandemic, and weren’t yet impacted by supply chain issues).

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