Friday, October 1, 2010

Auto sales point to ongoing economic recovery


Total auto sales in September were about 2% stronger than expected. Abstracting from the disruption in the data caused by the ridiculous "cash for clunkers" program last year, and the typical month-to-month volatility in this series, auto sales are up at a 16% annual rate from their Feb. '09 low. That's a pretty impressive rebound. The level of sales is of course still dismally low, but the change on the margin is quite positive. This is fully consistent with an economy that is recovering. With employment, incomes, and confidence rising, I see no reason why this can't continue for the foreseeable future.

2 comments:

Benjamin said...

http://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/speeches/2010/dud101001.html

The above is a rather windy speech by the NY Fed Prezzy, who evidently loves the sound of his own voice.

Despite that, he makes a lot of valuable points, and suggest that QE is necessary. If you knock back a stiff drink, you might read it all the way through.

Scott Grannis said...

If you had followed Dudley's career on Wall Street, you would know that his ability to understand and forecast the economy has been no better than most, and often not even as good.