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Recession Watch: New Car Sales and Production Slump
New car sales and production are falling in the UK - further evidence of a growing risk of recession.
Many see the car market as a leading indicator for the macroeconomy. A drop in new sales feeds through to lower production and output throughout the vehicle supply-chain. The number of new cars sold in the UK was down by 10% in June 2022.
Why are new car sales dropping?
- Production delays – global semi-conductor shortage
- Falling real incomes – new cars have a positive income elasticity of demand
- Rising interest rates – makes an unsecured car loan more expensive to finance
- Steep drop in consumer confidence
- Rise in petrol & diesel prices and a continued climb in average car insurance costs