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NADAWhy US Auto Sales Have Yet To Reach Prerecession Peaks

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of a rebound as annual sales of new cars and trucks approach prerecession levels this month. But it’s taken six years for annual new-auto sales to recover from a 30-year low in the midst of the Great Recession, and stagnant wage growth for U.S. workers could keep the industry from reaching its prerecession heights. “If wages were growing, we’d be in a market over 17 million already,” Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), told Automotive News. By most estimates, new-auto sales are expected to hit 16.4 million in 2014. The last time sales topped 17 million was in 2001, a year after sales hit an all-time high of 17.4 million. The NADA expects new-car sales to remain below the historic high for years to come. “I think these wage and income challenges are with us for the next several years,” Szakaly added.

Source: International Business Times

Posted by Sue Robinson on 12/12/2014