auto sales

May Auto Sales Bolster U.S. Economy

Higher discounts at some automakers, rising pickup truck sales and increasing consumer confidence pushed up car sales in May, giving the overall economy a shot in the arm.

Dow Jones Closes Above 14,000 for First Time Since Oct. 2007

The Dow stock market index closed above 14,000 for the first time since before the financial crisis rocked the world economy. Propelled by strong auto sales and optimism about U.S. jobs, the Dow Jones industrial average crossed the line early Friday and continued flirting with the mark all day.

U.S. Retail Sales Rose 0.5 Percent in December

U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing. Steady job growth and lower gas prices kept consumers shopping for the holidays, despite worries about potentially tax increases.

Chrysler Reports Best Sales Year Since Before the Great Recession

Chrysler's U.S. sales jumped 21 percent last year, the carmaker's strongest performance since 2007. The company's sales growth, which outpaced the U.S. auto industry overall, was a strong sign that Americans were feeling more confident about the economy last year.