November U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Decline from October, but Up Year/Year Third Straight Month
Sales were up from a weak year-ago period but slid significantly from October’s results. The sequential decline was despite rising inventory, especially of fullsize trucks, which typically have their strongest results in the fourth quarter. Strength was in CUVs and cars, which likely were boosted by increased shipments to fleet customers – not necessarily to consumers. Elevated prices of what is available on dealer lots, combined with rising interest rates and fear of recession, are keeping more potential buyers out of the market.