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1. Auto Sales Tumble; 7-Year Win Streak Could Come to an End
- Wednesday, May 3, 2017
DETROIT (AP) – The six top-selling automakers in the U.S. reported sales declines last month as demand seems to be slowing after seven straight years of growth.
General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan and Honda on Tuesday all reported weaker U.S. sales than a year ago.
2. GM to Temporarily Close 5 Factories as Car Inventory Builds
- Tuesday, December 20, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors will temporarily close five factories next month as it tries to reduce a growing inventory of cars on dealer lots.
The factories will close anywhere from one to three weeks due to the ongoing U.S. market shift toward trucks and SUVs, spokeswoman Dayna Hart said Monday. Just over 10,000 workers will be idled.
3. Black Friday Deals Helped Lift US Auto Sales in November
- Friday, December 2, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump – and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.
4. GM Laying Off Over 2,000 at 2 Car Plants as Sales Slow
- Thursday, November 10, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.
5. Lucky 7: Indie Bookstores Rise for Seventh Straight Year
- Tuesday, May 10, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Independent bookselling remains on a roll.
The American Booksellers Association has grown for the seventh consecutive year, the trade group's CEO, Oren Teicher, told The Associated Press during a recent interview. Core membership increased to 1,775, up by 63 over the previous year and by more than 300 since 2009. And with many stores opening additional outlets, the number of individual locations rose to 2,311, compared with 2,227 at this time in 2015 and just 1,651 in 2009.
6. Automakers Post Big Oct. Sales Gains; Record Year in Sight
- Wednesday, November 4, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.
Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.
7. Chrysler, Nissan Lead US Autos to August Sales Rise
- Thursday, September 4, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Most major automakers reported stronger-than-expected U.S. sales in August, leading to predictions of the highest annual selling rate in at least eight years.
Chrysler and Nissan led the way with double-digit increases, while Toyota reported sales were up 6 percent. Ford and Honda sales each rose 0.4 percent, and Hyundai saw a 6 percent gain. Of major automakers, only General Motors and Volkswagen posted declines, with GM down 1.2 percent and struggling Volkswagen off almost 13 percent from a year ago.
8. US Auto Sales Hit 9-Year High in May
- Wednesday, June 4, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks – and five sunny weekends – pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May.
Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.
9. Frigid Weather Pulls January Auto Sales Down 3 Percent
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales slid 3 percent in January as bouts of snow, ice and frigid temperatures in much of the country kept buyers snug in their homes instead of venturing out to car dealers.
10. Holiday Weekend Gives a Boost to Auto Sales
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
DETROIT (AP) – The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as November sales rose 9 percent to beat strong numbers from a year ago.
Sales ran at an annual rate of 16.4 million cars and trucks last month, making it the best rate of the year according to Autodata Corp.
11. Automakers Report Sales Up Double-Digits in August
- Thursday, September 5, 2013
DETROIT (AP) – The major U.S. and Japanese automakers all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as car buyers snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.
12. Automakers Report Growing US Sales in February
- Monday, March 4, 2013
DETROIT (AP) – Americans want new cars and trucks, and they're not going to let higher gas prices or political dysfunction in Washington stand in their way.
General Motors, Toyota, Ford and most other automakers posted at least modest sales gains for February. Industry analysts estimate last month's sales rose about 7 percent from a year earlier as pent-up demand and cheap financing kept the U.S. auto sales recovery powering along.
13. Toyota Retakes Global Auto Sales Crown From GM
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
DETROIT (AP) – Toyota has once again dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker.
The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million.
14. Analysts Expect Auto Sales to Stay Strong in September
- Tuesday, September 25, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – Whether it's out of necessity or desire, Americans continued to buy cars and trucks at a strong pace in September, according to industry analysts.
Data from dealerships across the nation show that new vehicle sales should hit an annual rate of 14.5 million vehicles for the month, continuing a rebound that began in June, according to J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive.
15. Auto Sales Weaken a Bit in Early July
- Monday, July 23, 2012
DETROIT (AP) — The raft of gloomy economic news may be starting to hurt U.S. auto sales.
Industry analysts and dealers said this week that sales during the first half of July slowed a bit from the robust pace in June. But they still were expected to be better than July of 2011.
16. Carmakers Report Strong June Sales, Easing Worries
- Wednesday, July 4, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.
17. US Auto Sales Rise in January, Led by Chrysler, VW
- Thursday, February 2, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales are off to a strong start this year, continuing their brisk pace from late 2011.
Chrysler had its best January in four years while Toyota got a boost from its new Camry. Volkswagen, which wants to aggressively expand in the U.S., reported much higher sales. One sour note was GM, where sales fell compared to a strong January a year earlier.
18. GM Likely to Recapture Global Auto Sales Lead
- Tuesday, January 10, 2012
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. is on track to retake the title of world's top-selling automaker, riding strong sales in the U.S. and China to beat Volkswagen and Toyota.
19. Sales of Midsize Cars Shrink as Buyers Go Smaller
- Monday, November 28, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – You can't drive far without seeing a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Ford Fusion.
Midsize sedans have been America's favorite cars for decades. That's changing. More people are choosing small cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and even smaller ones like the Honda Fit because they're worried about gas prices and car payments. There's another reason, too: Small cars are no longer the cramped econoboxes of the 1980s and 1990s, and they have many of the same features as larger cars.
20. US Auto Sales Up in September on Big Trucks
- Tuesday, October 4, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Pickups and SUVs boosted U.S. autos sales in September as dealers offered promotions, gas prices fell and contractors replaced aging fleets of work trucks.
Truck sales at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford grew in the double digits, outpacing cars. The September increases built on a healthy performance in August, when new models, cheaper financing and pent-up demand lifted the industry after several disappointing months.
21. Car Dealers Fear Economy Could Scare Off Buyers
- Friday, August 19, 2011
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) – Jeff Swanson was in the market for a new car just a few weeks ago. Then the stock market went crazy.
So Swanson, 25, decided to keep his 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix for at least another year. Gyrations in stocks and talk of a weakening economy rattled Swanson's confidence about taking on another payment, even though his new job running a home for mentally disabled people seems to be secure.
22. US Auto Industry Uneasy After Weak July Sales
- Wednesday, August 3, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales were expected to rise only slightly in July, adding to concerns in the industry that Americans are pulling back on car buying.
Analysts predicted a small increase in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks. A lack of discounts and lingering shortages of Japanese cars kept many buyers away. Americans also worried about the economy.
23. GM, Ford June Sales Rise, Honda Falls
- Monday, July 4, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Gas prices have hit a sweet spot for U.S.-based automakers. They've fallen enough to spur pickup truck sales, yet remain so high that newer small cars are selling as well.
24. Economy Faces Challenges After Strong Growth in Q4
- Monday, March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers helped boost economic growth in the final months of last year, but higher oil prices are threatening to steal some of that momentum this year.
More expensive gas will dampen consumer spending, at least in the first three months of this year. Still, many economists say the bump in fuel costs and the crisis in Japan will have only a mild impact on the U.S. economy for the full year and are sticking with 2011 projections for the fastest growth since before the recession.
25. Automakers Say US Sales Turn Frail in August
- Thursday, September 2, 2010
DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales, once a bright spot in the economic recovery, stalled last month as the nation's largest car companies reported falling sales.
General Motors Co.'s August sales fell 7 percent from July, and an even sharper 25 percent from August of 2009, when sales were boosted by the government's Cash for Clunkers rebates. Ford saw sales slip 5 percent from July. Subaru, whose strong lineup of smaller cars benefited from clunkers last year, also suffered.
26. US Auto Sales Rise, Helped by Credit, Promotions
- Wednesday, August 4, 2010
DETROIT (AP) – Automakers posted higher U.S. sales last month, a sign that Americans are still willing to buy big-ticket items even though concerns linger about the economy and hiring.
After a sluggish June, sales rose slightly for General Motors Co. and Chrysler. Foreign-based companies such as Toyota and Honda posted bigger gains. Ford, meanwhile, had flat sales.
27. US Auto Sales Seen Slowing With Recovery in Doubt
- Wednesday, June 30, 2010
DETROIT (AP) – When it comes to car shopping, Americans are tapping the brakes.
Forecasters expect U.S. sales of cars and light trucks to slow for June after months of improvement. It's another sign that people are beginning to doubt the economic recovery with unemployment still high.