Pickup Sales Picking Up And Economy Hitches A Ride

Business may be picking up, if the pickup truck is any indicator.

When times are good, contractors and weekend haulers buy more of them.

And lately sales have started shifting into a higher gear. Americans bought 151,000 pickups last month, 19 percent more than a year ago.

Pickup sales peaked at 2.5 million in 2004, when the housing boom was in full swing.

Four years later, the economy was teetering, gas topped $4 a gallon and pickup sales crashed. It got worse when the financial crisis stuck.

This year, pickup sales have been gaining momentum. Through May, Americans bought 11 percent more than they did in the first five months of last year and the sales pace has been accelerating.


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  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    Are you people this stupid or this liberal?
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    Chevy trucks on the road increasing? Just pay attention to the number of state and federaly owned vehicles that just happen to be new, and a chevy.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jun 14, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    A large part due to the federal gov. purchasing thousands of chevys for their fleet. Manipulated numbers just like emplouyment numbers; manipulated by a certain POS. IMO
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