Black Fri­day deals lift sales in Novem­ber

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Kr­isher

Black Fri­day deals and post­elec­tion con­fi­dence helped pull Novem­ber U.S. auto sales out of their re­cent slump — and in­creased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.

To­tal U.S. sales rose 4 per­cent for the month to 1.38 mil­lion units. That makes it the high­est Novem­ber on record, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 1.32 mil­lion set in 2001, ac­cord­ing to Kel­ley Blue Book.

Toy­ota Di­vi­sion Gen­eral Man­ager Bill Fay said Novem­ber sales were so good that the in­dus­try may even break last year’s sales record of 17.47 mil­lion.

“I think it will be right around last year’s record, maybe a lit­tle bit less,” Fay told The As­so­ci­ated Press in an in­ter­view in Detroit. “But I think ei­ther way ev­ery­body will sign up for a life­time of this.”

Gen­eral Motors’ sales jumped 10 per­cent over last Novem­ber. Ford’s sales were up 5 per­cent, while Toy­ota and Hyundai both saw 4 per­cent sales in­creases. Honda’s sales were up 6.5 per­cent and Nis­san’s sales rose 7.5 per­cent. Even Volk­swa­gen, which has strug­gled all year be­cause of its diesel cheat­ing scan­dal, saw sales rise 24 per­cent.

Fiat Chrysler bucked the trend, with sales fall­ing 14 per­cent as it made big cuts in sales to rental car com­pa­nies. Other au­tomak­ers were ex­pected to re­port sales later Thurs­day.

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