Motor Vehicle Sales

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Motor Vehicle Sales '

The number of domestically produced units of cars, SUVs, mini-vans and light trucks that are sold. Motor vehicle sales are an economic indicator that records the reported sales by individual manufacturers on the first business day of every month.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Motor Vehicle Sales '

Because motor vehicle sales are a large part of consumer spending in the United States, the motor vehicle sales data can provide important information on consumer-spending trends and on the overall direction of the economy.

Equity markets respond to strong economic growth, like higher motor vehicle sales, because they lead to higher profits and thus higher stock prices. The bond market, on the other hand, prefers moderate growth, so as to stem inflationary pressures, which hurt bond prices.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Over-Selling

    This occurs when a salesperson continues their sales pitch after ...
  2. Qualified Electric Vehicle

    An electric vehicle that qualifies the owner to claim a nonrefundable ...
  3. Index

    A statistical measure of change in an economy or a securities ...
  4. Economic Growth Rate

    A measure of economic growth from one period to another in percentage ...
  5. Economic Cycle

    The natural fluctuation of the economy between periods of expansion ...
  6. Gross Domestic Product - GDP

    The monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How important are seasonal trends in the automotive sector?

    The automotive industry has some definite seasonal trends, with peak demand occurring in the spring and fall, and lowest ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is GDP and why is it so important to investors?

    The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy. It represents ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What's the most accurate way to find out a nation's nominal GDP?

    The data for gross domestic product, or GDP, is compiled by statistical governmental agencies in each country and is aggregated ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Are there significant seasonal patterns in the electronics sector?

    There is strong seasonality in the electronics sector, with sales of nearly all kinds of electronics – computers, digital ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are some examples of ways that sensitivity analysis can be used?

    Sensitivity analysis is an analysis method that is used to identify how much variations in the input values for a given variable ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Who are Family Dollar's (FDO) main competitors?

    North Carolina-based Family Dollar (FDO) is one of the biggest discount retailers in North America. Competitors include companies ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Economics

    Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  2. Investing Basics

    Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should Know

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  3. Economics

    Why The Consumer Price Index Is Controversial

    Find out why economists are torn about how to calculate inflation.
  4. Options & Futures

    Explaining The World Through Macroeconomic Analysis

    From unemployment and inflation to government policy, learn what macroeconomics measures and how it affects everyone.
  5. Active Trading

    Introduction To Stationary And Non-Stationary Processes

    What to know about stationary and non-stationary processes before you try to model or forecast.
  6. Retirement

    Economic Indicators To Know

    The economy has a large impact on the market. Learn how to interpret the most important reports.
  7. Investing

    The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate and currency volatility spiking.
  8. Investing

    Which Dow Jones Stocks are Safe? Which are Risky?

    In a situation where our sustained bull run could turn into a sell-off rather quickly, here are four somewhat safe Dow stocks and four to be wary of.
  9. Savings

    20 Ways To Pay Less At Costco

    There are plenty of little-known Costco shopping hacks that can save you big bucks at the register, and help you avoid the notorious spending hangover.
  10. Stock Analysis

    Costco, Target or Walmart: Which is the Best Bet?

    These three retailers have all been long-term winners. It that likely to continue? If so, which is the best bet?

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Unlevered Beta

    A type of metric that compares the risk of an unlevered company to the risk of the market. The unlevered beta is the beta ...
  2. Moving Average - MA

    A widely used indicator in technical analysis that helps smooth out price action by filtering out the “noise” from random ...
  3. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity ...
  4. Productivity

    An economic measure of output per unit of input. Inputs include labor and capital, while output is typically measured in ...
  5. Variance

    The spread between numbers in a data set, measuring Variance is calculated by taking the differences between each number ...
  6. Terminal Value - TV

    The value of a bond at maturity, or of an asset at a specified, future valuation date, taking into account factors such as ...
Trading Center