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Auto Sales Down More Than 13 Percent From July 2013

Last month marked the first year-over-year decline in vehicle sales since January.

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Local auto dealers sold just over 30,500 cars, trucks, and SUVs last month. That’s down 3.6 percent compared to sales in June and more than 13 from July of last year. The latest figures marked the first year-over-year decline in sales since January.

“On the bright side of this, it still is six straight months of sales over 30,000 units,” says Steve McDowell, president of InfoNation and publisher of TexAuto Facts, “and it’s the second-best July in the last twelve years — that is, the only July that’s been better than this in the last twelve years was last year.”

Nationwide, July sales registered 1.4 million vehicles, an increase of 9 percent from July 2013. Total sales for the twelve months ending in July came to more than 16 million units. It’s the first time twelve-month U.S. sales have topped 16 million since the recession.

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