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Harsh Cold Hurt January Vehicle Sales

Houston area auto dealers are reporting sales rose in January compared to December, but fell compared to January 2013.



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Total car, truck, and SUV sales for the Houston region came in just short of 25,000 last month. Sales were up 9% from December but down 7% from a year earlier.

Steve McDowell is president of Sugar Land-based InfoNation and publisher of TexAuto Facts.

“Primarily I believe it’s because of the difference in the weather. Last year, we didn’t really have any winter. This year, January had quite a few winter days, at least by Houston standards, and that did slow down the sales, at least for this time of the year.”

McDowell says the January numbers follow a remarkable year for vehicle sales.

“The total revenue from new and used vehicle sales from the local dealers in the Houston region crossed $16 billion last year, which meant a tax revenue of over $1 billion, which, of course, is very good for the dealers and very good for the state of Texas.”

The harsh January weather took a steep toll on nationwide sales. Vehicle retail sales across the country fell nearly 26% last month compared to December.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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