Auto Sales


DEFINITION of 'Auto Sales'

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.


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.

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    The automotive sector is a good choice for value investing because it is a cyclical industry that becomes cheap during recessions ... Read Full Answer >>
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    The warning signs an investor should look for when reading an automaker's sales reports are monthly sales, deliveries and ... Read Full Answer >>
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  5. What is the long-term outlook of the automotive sector?

    The long-term outlook for the automotive sector is highly uncertain due to the concerns about sales growth and potential ... Read Full Answer >>
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