U.S. automakers are expected to report an increase in June
sales amid a strong economy and robust demand for SUVs. Those results will
begin rolling out Tuesday ahead of the Julu 4th holiday.
The industry sold an estimated 1.52 million new cars,
trucks and SUVs last month, according to Edmunds. That would reflect a 3.4%
gain versus June 2017, although sales were on pace to slow down compared to
Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at Edmunds,
said strength in the U.S. economy has created a “very thick forcefield” for
automakers, offsetting headwinds such as rising interest rates and weak sales
of passenger cars. He also noted the historically high number of people who owe
more money than their cars are worth.
“June sales look a bit healthier than they actually are
because there was an additional selling day and weekend this year,” he said,
adding that sales likely fell on a daily selling rate basis. “This is exactly
in line with how the rest of this year has gone: Sales look strong, but there
are other factors at play that make this success a bit fragile.”
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