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There have been eight rough patches in the marketplace since the automotive specialty-equipment industry began back in the ’30s.
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For the first quarter of the year, automotive industry analysts made pessimistic forecasts for new-vehicle sales volume for 2009. In February, J.D. Power and Associates predicted that total new-vehicle sales would reach a mere 10.4 million units—down 1 million units from the company’s forecast just a month prior and 6 million under the annual average during the past decade.
The SEMA financial benchmarking program has been launched and is providing data for the industry. The focus this week is on jobbers/retailers. Following are a few nuggets gleaned from the responses for the month of January 2009.
Nearly 26% of responding jobbers/retailers say that they expect business to be up for the next three months compared to last year. We’ve heard from of number of industry executives that the first half of last year was pretty good. If that’s true and expectations come true, the first quarter of 2009 may be reasonably good.
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