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Retail car sales drop in May as LS polls, weather delay purchases: Fada

Sales growth in two-wheelers slowed to 2.6 per cent in May from 33 per cent in April, said the FADA, which tracks monthly retail sales from dealers to buyers

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However, data released by carmakers showed sales slowing in May | File image

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Retail sales of cars in India fell 1 per cent in May, tracking slowing wholesale growth, as elections and extreme heat across the country dampened demand and delayed purchase decisions, a dealers' body said on Monday.
 
Sales growth in two-wheelers slowed to 2.6 per cent in May from 33 per cent in April, said the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), which tracks monthly retail sales from dealers to buyers.
 
Overall retail sales across segments, which include two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, grew 2.6 per cent in May, compared with a 27 per cent rise in April.
 
Why it's important

India's auto industry forms 7 per cent of the country's GDP, as per government data. Auto sales are also a key indicator of private consumption in the world's fifth-largest economy.
 
Context

Sales of passenger vehicles' hatches, sedans and SUVs' by manufacturers to dealers have risen to record high levels over the last two years in India and are estimated to hit new all-time highs in the financial year 2025 as well.
 
However, data released by carmakers showed sales slowing in May.
 
Dealers across the country have struggled with a rising inventory of slow-selling models, especially small cars, whose prices have grown faster than the rise in the incomes of its target customers.
 
As a result, retail sales growth has largely lagged that of wholesales, while also straining the dealers' financials.
 
FADA said last month it expected elections to hurt vehicle sales.
 
Extreme heat conditions dissuaded customers from visiting showrooms, with walk-ins dropping by around 18%, said FADA President Manish Raj Singhania in a statement.
 
A third term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is expected to bring stability and improve market sentiment, the dealers' body said, even as it remained wary of extreme weather conditions.
 
Liquidity issues and high inventory levels continued to strain profitability for dealerships, FADA said.

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First Published: Jun 10 2024 | 11:21 AM IST

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