Auto Sales

A A A

DEFINITION

The major producers of domestic automobiles report sales monthly. These numbers are seasonally adjusted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and are available to the public one to five business days after the end of each month.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS

This release is critical to the financial markets because it is an excellent indicator of consumer demand. Car sales are extremely sensitive to changes in the economy.


RELATED TERMS
  1. Tariff

    A tax imposed on imported goods and services. Tariffs are used to restrict trade, ...
  2. John Elkann

    The chairman of Italian automaker Fiat. As a member of the powerful Agnelli ...
  3. Giuseppe Morchio

    An Italian executive who became CEO of Italian automaker Fiat in February 2 ...
  4. Available Seat Miles - ASM

    A measure of an airplane's carrying capacity available to generate revenue. ...
  5. Big Three

    A reference to the three largest automobile manufacturers in North America: ...
  6. Mass Customization

    The process of delivering wide-market goods and services that are modified to ...
  7. Autocorrelation

    A mathematical representation of the degree of similarity between a given time ...
  8. Voluntary Export Restraint - VER

    A trade restriction on the quantity of a good that an exporting country is allowed ...
  9. Earnings Per Share - EPS

    The portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common ...
  10. Return On Investment - ROI

    A performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to ...
Related Articles
  1. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic
    Retirement

    Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

  2. Top 10 Ways To Get Top Dollar For Your ...
    Personal Finance

    Top 10 Ways To Get Top Dollar For Your ...

  3. Free Car Payment Insurance: What's The ...
    Budgeting

    Free Car Payment Insurance: What's The ...

  4. How To Get The Best Price On A New Car
    Personal Finance

    How To Get The Best Price On A New Car

  5. What are leading, lagging and coincident ...
    Investing

    What are leading, lagging and coincident ...

  6. The True Cost Of Owning A Car
    Insurance

    The True Cost Of Owning A Car

  7. Analyzing Auto Stocks
    Options & Futures

    Analyzing Auto Stocks

  8. Economics Basics
    Economics

    Economics Basics

  9. Economic Indicators To Know
    Retirement

    Economic Indicators To Know

  10. Industry Handbook
    Investing Basics

    Industry Handbook

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Amplitude

    The difference in price from the midpoint of a trough to the midpoint of a peak of a security. Amplitude is positive when calculating a bullish retracement (when calculating from trough to peak) and negative when calculating a bearish retracement (when calculating from peak to trough).
  2. Ascending Triangle

    A bullish chart pattern used in technical analysis that is easily recognizable by the distinct shape created by two trendlines. In an ascending triangle, one trendline is drawn horizontally at a level that has historically prevented the price from heading higher, while the second trendline connects a series of increasing troughs.
  3. National Best Bid and Offer - NBBO

    A term applying to the SEC requirement that brokers must guarantee customers the best available ask price when they buy securities and the best available bid price when they sell securities.
  4. Maintenance Margin

    The minimum amount of equity that must be maintained in a margin account. In the context of the NYSE and FINRA, after an investor has bought securities on margin, the minimum required level of margin is 25% of the total market value of the securities in the margin account.
  5. Leased Bank Guarantee

    A bank guarantee that is leased to a third party for a specific fee. The issuing bank will conduct due diligence on the creditworthiness of the customer looking to secure a bank guarantee, then lease a guarantee to that customer for a set amount of money and over a set period of time, typically less than two years.
  6. Degree Of Financial Leverage - DFL

    A ratio that measures the sensitivity of a company’s earnings per share (EPS) to fluctuations in its operating income, as a result of changes in its capital structure. Degree of Financial Leverage (DFL) measures the percentage change in EPS for a unit change in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT).
Trading Center