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October Vehicles Sales Increased to 13.0 Million SAAR

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by Calculated Risk on 11/02/2021 06:29:00 PM

Wards Auto released their estimate of light vehicle sales for October. Wards Auto estimates sales of 12.99 million SAAR in October 2021 (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate), up 6.8% from the September sales rate, and down 20.8% from October 2020.

This was well above the consensus estimate of 12.4 million SAAR.

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This graph shows light vehicle sales since 2006 from the BEA (blue) and Wards Auto’s estimate for October (red).

The impact of COVID-19 was significant, and April 2020 was the worst month.

After April 2020, sales increased, and were close to sales in 2019 (the year before the pandemic).

However, sales decreased earlier this year due to supply issues. It appears the “supply chain bottom” was in September.

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