US Auto Sales Expected to Drop

August U.S. auto sales are expected to show a drop of about 3 percent on Thursday, as the biggest U.S. automakers report declining sales in line with analysts’ expectations.

General Motors Co (GM.N) said August U.S. sales fell 5.2 percent to 256,429 vehicles, and Ford Motor Co (F.N) sold 214,482 vehicles in the month, down 8.4 percent. Both were in line with analysts’ expectations after surprisingly strong July results.

GM expects that 2016 will not be repeat of the record high for U.S. auto sales set last year. On Thursday, it forecast 2016 sales would be 17.3 million vehicles, down from 17.47 million vehicles last year, according to Autodata Corp.

Major U.S. carmakers will issue sales reports throughout the day.

Sales are seen down for August as incentives fell 2.2 percent from July, industry analyst TrueCar Inc (TRUE.O) said.

While GM said this year’s sales will not top results in 2015, it is a moderate slide and they remain sharply above the 2008-2009 recession and the years immediately after.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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