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Economy in Brief
U.S. Employment Cost Index Remains Firm
The employment cost index for civilian workers increased 0.6% (1.9% y/y) during Q1'16...
Chicago Purchasing Managers Index Disappoints & Trends Sideways
Chicago purchasing managers reported that their Business Barometer Index declined to 50.4 this month...
Euro Area Unemployment Drops to 4.5-Year Low
EMU unemployment fell to 10.2% in March after being stuck at 10.4% for three consecutive months...
U.S. GDP Grows 0.5% in Q1'16
Growth in the U.S. economy was barely positive last quarter...
U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise
Initial claims for unemployment insurance increased to 257,000 during the week ended April 23...
EU and Euro Area Show Some Improvement in April
The EU Commission Indices for the EU and EMU showed gains in April...
by Tom Moeller June 1, 2011
Lower consumer confidence can quickly translate into less spending. That seems to have been the case during May. Consumer Confidence dropped 7.9% last month according to the Conference Board. Today's news is that unit sales of light vehicles dropped 10.5% last month to 11.79M units (SAAR) after the 0.5% uptick during April. The Consensus expectation was for sales of 12.8M, according to the Bloomberg survey. (Seasonal adjustment of these figures is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.)
Sales of autos fell hardest by 15.4% m/m to 5.77M. Domestic sales slipped 16.4% to 3.95M and sales of imports fell 13.3% to 1.82M.
Sales of less fuel efficient light trucks declined 5.1% m/m to 6.02M. Domestic model sales fell 4.5% to 5.14M while imports dropped 8.1% to 0.88M, the lowest level since June of last year.
Imports' share of the U.S. light vehicle market slipped to 22.9%. (Imported vehicles are those produced outside the United States.) Imports' share of the U.S. car market rose to 31.6% versus the record 35.0% for all of 2010. Imports' share of the light truck market fell to 14.7% versus 19.7% in 2009.
The U.S. vehicle sales figures can be found in Haver's USECON database.
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