Sluggish Car Sales Add To China Gloom

By Glenn Dyer | More Articles by Glenn Dyer

Another lot of negative data about the health of consumer demand in China with car sales down for yet another month.

In fact, the fall in car sales in China echoes that in Australia where they have been weakening for just over a year.

In China, the dip in August was the 14th month in a row car sales have fallen in China.

A combination of tax changes, Trump’s trade war, and weak demand are the main factors for the slide.

China’s Automobile Manufacturers Association said yesterday sales fell 6.9% in August from the same month a year earlier to 1.96 million.

That followed falls of 4.3% in July and 9.6% in June, as well as the first annual contraction last year since the 1990s.

Sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) fell 15.8% in August after a 4.7% fall in July which was the first decline since January 2017.

That was after new energy vehicle sales leapt by more than 60% in 2018. NEVs include plug-in hybrids, battery-only electric vehicles and those powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

“Due to the impact of subsidies cut on new energy vehicles, sales for new energy vehicles continued to drop,” Chen Shihua, assistant secretary-general at CAAM, said.

The fall comes after weak export and import data was released on Sunday for August, continuing high consumer inflation and deepening producer price deflation in across the service, mining and utility sectors of the economy.

Glenn Dyer

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Glenn Dyer has been a finance journalist and TV producer for more than 40 years. He has worked at Maxwell Newton Publications, Queensland Newspapers, AAP, The Australian Financial Review, The Nine Network and Crikey.

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