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Car sales up 7.2% in Jan, but full-year decline looms ahead

Domestic car industry sniffed a turnaround in January with a 7.2% growth in sales during the month, the highest monthly growth rate it has logged since the start of the fiscal year in April. The possibility of a growth for the full fiscal that ends in March, however, remains low raising the spectre of a yearly decline for the first time in a decade.

autos Updated: Feb 08, 2012 23:20 IST
HT Correspondent

Domestic car industry sniffed a turnaround in January with a 7.2% growth in sales during the month, the highest monthly growth rate it has logged since the start of the fiscal year in April. The possibility of a growth for the full fiscal that ends in March, however, remains low raising the spectre of a yearly decline for the first time in a decade.

Industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has already revised its sales growth target for the year thrice. That target now is at 0-2%. So far between car sales have declined by 1.2% in Apr-Jan period. “Car segment is significantly down till now. We now need double digit growth in the next 2 months to cover up,” said Vishnu Mathur, director general, SIAM.

Such a jump is unlikely as February is traditionally a lean month and with the Budget postponed till March, momentum is expected to remain low till then.

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