August U.S. auto sales will be 5.2 percent below a year ago, taking into account that the peak of industry sales was in 2015. Jeff Schuster, head of forecasting at LMC, said that with mixed economic signals, it certainly looks like U.S. auto sales may have peaked in 2015. He also considers that it is important to focus on the sustainable high level of demand. Peak does not mean doom and gloom, and while the industry faces risk, it is not destined for a pullback.
The consultancies said they expect August U.S. total auto sales of 1,492,700 vehicles, from 1,574,938 a year earlier. Automakers will report sales next Thursday. Shares in the biggest U.S. auto companies General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have been pressured because big investors expect sales to slide from their peak.
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