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Auto Market Weekly Summary

Job growth in March accelerated and was stronger than expected. The three-month average for job creation is at the highest level in 11 months, while the unemployment rate declined. Wage growth accelerated modestly in March. The labor market remains strong. New-vehicle sales slowed in March despite growth in discounting and incentives. Used-vehicle sales improved in … Continued

Cox Automotive Auto Market Report: April 2nd

The video below is part of a biweekly Auto Market Report series focusing on data and insights that provide a holistic view of the auto industry. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke leads our effort to translate data and trends into actionable insights. Download this week’s presentation

Auto Market Weekly Summary

The fourth-quarter real GDP was revised upwards to a 3.4% annualized gain, an increase from the 3.2% second estimate. Personal consumption was revised up to 3.3% from 3.0%. In February, income growth decelerated to a 0.3% gain, a decrease from 1.0% in January, which was driven by large increases in Social Security and Medicare payments. … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary

New construction rebounded in February following weather disruptions in January. Existing home sales also jumped in February but remain down from a year ago. Existing home supply remains very tight but is up slightly from last year. Jobless claims remain limited and reflect no significant stress on the labor market. The Federal Reserve left interest … Continued

The Fed Is on Cruise Control. I Hope We Make It to June.

The Fed left interest rates and overall monetary policy unchanged today. We have now had five straight meetings with no change in rate policy. The Fed is effectively on cruise control, leaving rate policy restrictive and continuing to sell off assets on the balance sheet until “…inflation is moving sustainably toward 2 percent.” Their rate … Continued

Cox Automotive Auto Market Report: March 19th

The video below is part of a biweekly Auto Market Report series focusing on data and insights that provide a holistic view of the auto industry. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke leads our effort to translate data and trends into actionable insights. Download this week’s presentation

Auto Market Weekly Summary

Headline inflation accelerated further in February, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The headline aggregate measure increased on a seasonally adjusted basis and marked two months in a row of acceleration, the highest monthly increase since August. However, on a year-to-year basis, core CPI declined to the lowest since April 2021. The overall CPI … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary

Job growth in February accelerated and was stronger than expected, but prior job numbers were revised down substantially. Some metrics indicate weakening – like the downward revisions, slower wage growth, and higher unemployment rate. However, the three-month average for job creation is at the highest pace in eight months. New-vehicle sales recovered in February from … Continued

Cox Automotive Auto Market Report: March 5th

The video below is part of a biweekly Auto Market Report series focusing on data and insights that provide a holistic view of the auto industry. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke leads our effort to translate data and trends into actionable insights. Download this week’s presentation

Auto Market Weekly Summary

The new-vehicle seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), or sales pace, improved to 15.8 million in February, up from 15.0 million in January, which was impacted by winter weather. An update on new-vehicle sales in February was published this morning. Real GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2023 was revised down slightly to 3.2%, which … Continued