Affordability becoming bigger issue in Canadian car truck sales Scotiabank

Affordability becoming bigger issue in Canadian car, truck sales: Scotiabank by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 8:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Scotiabank says recent price increases for new cars and light trucks will probably drag on Canadian vehicle sales this year.The bank released a report Tuesday saying it expects 1.94 million passenger vehicles will be sold in Canada in 2017, down from the 1.95 million sold the year before.Carlos Gomes, a Scotiabank economist, says affordability will factor into sales this year, since the average price in the second half of last year was up five to six per cent over comparable months, outpacing household income growth.That follows a period of price increases in the two to three per cent range, which was below growth in household incomes.Gomes says the average sales price for cars and light trucks, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent data, was about $38,800 in November — up more than six per cent from a year earlier.But Gomes says the industry will be helped by an improved economic backdrop, with 2017 Canadian GDP expected to grow about two per cent this year compared with an estimated 1.4 per cent growth in 2016.Scotiabank’s report says higher vehicle sales in Alberta and Saskatchewan this year will likely be offset by declines in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Volumes in British Columbia and Manitoba are expected to be flat.

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