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India's auto sales face tough month as cash crunch grips country

Automobile dealers have reported sharp fall in sales after PM Modi's surprise move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominated notes

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

Image courtesy: Maruti Suzuki
Image courtesy: Maruti Suzuki

Ltd said on Thursday monthly domestic sales rose about 14.2% year-over-year in November, and rose 2.1% month-over-month.

Indian auto makers are generally expected to report weaker transactions for November as a severe cash crunch impacts the country, hitting retail sales.

Maruti Suzuki, the country's biggest auto maker, said total domestic sales rose to 1,26,325 vehicles from 1,10,599 in the same month last year.

It had clocked sales of 1,23,764 vehicles in October.

Other automakers will report November sales numbers later on Thursday and in the coming days.

Automobile dealers around the country have reported seeing a sharp fall in sales after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise move to ban 500 and 1,rupee denominated notes last month, which accounted for 86% of currency in circulation.

The move has sparked concern it will dent growth in India's consumer demand-reliant economy at a time when gross domestic product had expanded at an annual 7.3% between July and September, the fastest rate for a large economy.

Analysts say sales of two-wheelers are likely to be impacted the most since around 40% of transactions are financed by cash, according to estimates.

Cars, especially more premium ones, are mainly financed with non-cash, but nonetheless are still expected to suffer from reduced sales because of weak consumer sentiment, though analysts hope sales will start recovering after two quarters when the cash crunch subsides.

"Our discussion with dealers suggests that customers are delaying bookings rather than cancelling them at this juncture, which could be due to liquidity shortage affecting small businesses and poor customer sentiment," Kotak Institutional Equities said in a recent note.

On the ground, dealers back up that premise.

In Guwahati, the largest city in remote northeast, a showroom that only a few weeks ago was bustling with customers looked desolate during a visit this week as young sales executives impatiently waited for the next customer.

"Earlier we sold anything between 60 to 70 vehicles a month, but post-demonetisation the sales have come down drastically by more than 50%," Dip Bayan, senior sales manager of Gargya Autocity Pvt Ltd, the largest dealer in the northeast, told Reuters.

India's auto sales face tough month as cash crunch grips country

Automobile dealers have reported sharp fall in sales after PM Modi's surprise move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominated notes

Automobile dealers have reported sharp fall in sales after PM Modi's surprise move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominated notes
Ltd said on Thursday monthly domestic sales rose about 14.2% year-over-year in November, and rose 2.1% month-over-month.

Indian auto makers are generally expected to report weaker transactions for November as a severe cash crunch impacts the country, hitting retail sales.

Maruti Suzuki, the country's biggest auto maker, said total domestic sales rose to 1,26,325 vehicles from 1,10,599 in the same month last year.

It had clocked sales of 1,23,764 vehicles in October.

Other automakers will report November sales numbers later on Thursday and in the coming days.

Automobile dealers around the country have reported seeing a sharp fall in sales after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise move to ban 500 and 1,rupee denominated notes last month, which accounted for 86% of currency in circulation.

The move has sparked concern it will dent growth in India's consumer demand-reliant economy at a time when gross domestic product had expanded at an annual 7.3% between July and September, the fastest rate for a large economy.

Analysts say sales of two-wheelers are likely to be impacted the most since around 40% of transactions are financed by cash, according to estimates.

Cars, especially more premium ones, are mainly financed with non-cash, but nonetheless are still expected to suffer from reduced sales because of weak consumer sentiment, though analysts hope sales will start recovering after two quarters when the cash crunch subsides.

"Our discussion with dealers suggests that customers are delaying bookings rather than cancelling them at this juncture, which could be due to liquidity shortage affecting small businesses and poor customer sentiment," Kotak Institutional Equities said in a recent note.

On the ground, dealers back up that premise.

In Guwahati, the largest city in remote northeast, a showroom that only a few weeks ago was bustling with customers looked desolate during a visit this week as young sales executives impatiently waited for the next customer.

"Earlier we sold anything between 60 to 70 vehicles a month, but post-demonetisation the sales have come down drastically by more than 50%," Dip Bayan, senior sales manager of Gargya Autocity Pvt Ltd, the largest dealer in the northeast, told Reuters.
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India's auto sales face tough month as cash crunch grips country

Automobile dealers have reported sharp fall in sales after PM Modi's surprise move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominated notes

Ltd said on Thursday monthly domestic sales rose about 14.2% year-over-year in November, and rose 2.1% month-over-month.

Indian auto makers are generally expected to report weaker transactions for November as a severe cash crunch impacts the country, hitting retail sales.

Maruti Suzuki, the country's biggest auto maker, said total domestic sales rose to 1,26,325 vehicles from 1,10,599 in the same month last year.

It had clocked sales of 1,23,764 vehicles in October.

Other automakers will report November sales numbers later on Thursday and in the coming days.

Automobile dealers around the country have reported seeing a sharp fall in sales after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise move to ban 500 and 1,rupee denominated notes last month, which accounted for 86% of currency in circulation.

The move has sparked concern it will dent growth in India's consumer demand-reliant economy at a time when gross domestic product had expanded at an annual 7.3% between July and September, the fastest rate for a large economy.

Analysts say sales of two-wheelers are likely to be impacted the most since around 40% of transactions are financed by cash, according to estimates.

Cars, especially more premium ones, are mainly financed with non-cash, but nonetheless are still expected to suffer from reduced sales because of weak consumer sentiment, though analysts hope sales will start recovering after two quarters when the cash crunch subsides.

"Our discussion with dealers suggests that customers are delaying bookings rather than cancelling them at this juncture, which could be due to liquidity shortage affecting small businesses and poor customer sentiment," Kotak Institutional Equities said in a recent note.

On the ground, dealers back up that premise.

In Guwahati, the largest city in remote northeast, a showroom that only a few weeks ago was bustling with customers looked desolate during a visit this week as young sales executives impatiently waited for the next customer.

"Earlier we sold anything between 60 to 70 vehicles a month, but post-demonetisation the sales have come down drastically by more than 50%," Dip Bayan, senior sales manager of Gargya Autocity Pvt Ltd, the largest dealer in the northeast, told Reuters.

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