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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Jan. Automobile Data

March 02, 2012

The following table details the automobile indicators the Bureau of Economic Analysis uses to monitor unit sales, production, inventory, expenditures, and prices.

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                          Jan.     Dec.     Nov.     Oct.    Sept.     Jan.
                          2012     2011     2011     2011     2011     2011
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                         --------Unit auto inventory change, 1,000’s SA--------
BEA estimated production   349.8    311.9    281.0    280.2    252.2    213.5
 Plus: Canada imports       n/a      97.5     78.3     83.8     72.1    101.5
 Plus: Mexico imports       n/a     103.4     88.3     76.7     81.5    100.7
 Less: Sales                 445    374.4    389.5    377.4    353.5    346.2
Equals: inventory chg.      74.1     59.2     -5.9     -0.4    -12.1      6.2
Inventory level SA, thou   884.1    810.0    750.8    756.7    757.1    806.9
Inventory/sales ratio      1.987    2.164    1.928    2.005    2.142    2.331
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CPI for new cars          142.8    143.0    143.2    143.5    144.6    137.1
 % change                  -0.1%    -0.1%    -0.2%    -0.8%     0.1%     4.0%
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                          Jan.     Dec.     Nov.     Oct.    Sept.     Jan.
                          2012     2011     2011     2011     2011     2011
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                         --------------------Unit auto sales-------------------
NSA Auto sales, thou.      465.1    557.1    459.8    477.3    483.1    387.6
 Domestic                  335.5    388.7    319.4    336.7    343.8    262.1
 Foreign                   129.6    168.4    140.4    140.6    139.4    125.5
SA Auto sales, millions      7.4      6.5      6.6      6.4      6.0      6.1
 Domestic                    5.3      4.5      4.7      4.5      4.2      4.2
 Foreign                     2.0      2.0      2.0      1.8      1.8      2.0
 Domestic FRB est.           5.2      4.3      4.6      4.4      4.1      4.0
New Unit sales: Business   2,969    2,689    2,813    2,634    2,714    2,477
New Unit sales: Consumer   4,260    3,661    3,701    3,595    3,148    3,508
 final sales to consumer   55.7%    54.5%    53.8%    54.4%    50.9%    55.1%
                         -------------------Unit truck sales-------------------
Unit Truck sales SA, mil     7.1      7.4      7.3      7.2      7.4      6.8
  >14,000 lbs dom.           5.7      6.0      6.0      5.8      6.0      5.5
  >14,000 lbs imp.           1.0      1.0      1.0      1.0      1.1      1.0
  <14,001 lbs                0.3      0.3      0.3      0.3      0.3      0.3
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                          Jan.     Dec.     Nov.     Oct.    Sept.     Jan.
                          2012     2011     2011     2011     2011     2011
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                         -----------------Unit auto production-----------------
Unit assembly NSA, thou.   331.9    269.3    294.3    324.9    274.5    205.1
 % change                  23.2%    -8.5%    -9.4%    18.4%    -9.7%    11.2%
BEA production est.          4.2      3.7      3.4      3.4      3.0      2.6
 % change                  12.2%    11.0%     0.3%    11.1%    -3.3%     0.3%
FRB production est.          4.0      3.6      3.2      3.2      2.9      2.4
 % change                  12.2%    11.2%     0.2%    11.3%    -4.1%     0.0%
Index of IP 1997=100       120.8    112.8    102.3    101.7     89.9     77.2
 % change                   7.1%    10.3%     0.6%    13.1%    -4.9%    -1.0%
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Avg. expenditure         $25,140  $24,981  $25,157  $24,984  $26,070  $24,387
 Domestic                $23,237  $23,103  $23,069  $22,957  $23,725  $22,555
 Foreign                 $30,134  $29,265  $30,156  $29,950  $31,533  $28,245
  Diff. Foreign-Domestic  $6,897   $6,162   $7,087   $6,993   $7,808   $5,690
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Avg. expend. by Business $27,073  $26,828  $26,920  $26,875  $27,673  $26,380
Avg. expend. by Consumer $24,233  $24,012  $24,207  $24,129  $25,335  $23,479
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SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Department, http://www.bea.gov

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Tanzi in Washington at atanzi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net


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