DataHerald’s compilation of sales figures for SlashGear reveals a sharp fall in automobile sales over the past few years. The data we got shows some sales patterns, such as a January sales decline followed by a high spring sales period as people’s tax refunds enter their bank accounts. It’s interesting to see that the yearly January decline appeared to be more pronounced in 2021. Sales decreased by about 60,000 in January 2020 compared to the prior month, and by about the same amount between December 2020 and January 2021. The decline, however, appears to be more severe on the chart and is noticeably higher if you look at it as a percentage of sales rather than raw sales numbers because of the overall decreased sales volume.

As you may anticipate, the peak of the shutdown in April 2020 coincided with the biggest decline in sales. Sales figures dropped below 125,000 during this time. This is probably because there were fewer places where you could actually buy a car because many showrooms and dealerships were shut down. Unfortunately, sales numbers never returned to pre-pandemic levels despite a brief recovery that occurred over the second half of 2020 and the first part of 2021. Since May 2021, there has been a sharp fall that threatens to bring sales down to levels last seen during the pandemic’s peak. Sales fell below 180,000 in May 2022 once more, and the dismal trend showed no signs of abating.


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