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Thinner new-car margins drag down Sonic Q2 earnings

Sonic Automotive Inc.’s net income tumbled 47 percent to $12.1 million in the second quarter, the publicly traded dealership group said Friday. Squeezed new-vehicle margins were largely to blame, executives said, due to competitive pricing pressure, automakers’ trying to limit incentives and a glut of nearly new off-lease cars. An ongoing economic slump in the oil patch states, such as ... Read More »

Used-Car ‘Time Bomb’ Expected to Drag on U.S. Auto Sales

It’s going to be tough to beat last year’s record U.S. sales of 17.55 million cars and trucks, according to a new study released Wednesday by AlixPartners. The consultancy expects a total of more than 1 million vehicles to come off lease last year and this year, creating a “used-car time bomb” that drags on demand for new autos. For the ... Read More »