Car Dealerships Most Successful Business of 2010

Car Dealerships Most Successful Business of 2010

As 2010 nears its end, we’re seeing noticeable gains in the auto industry. Auto sales are up 11.1% in the first 11 months, and automakers like GM and Ford are showing big profits for the first three quarters.

This bodes well for the folks on the front lines of the industry — car dealerships. In fact, dealerships were the most successful type of business in 2010, according to Sageworks, a financial research company.

Auto dealerships saw their total sales increase 18.25%, beating dentists (7.56%), doctors (5.26%), funeral homes (4.93%) and lawyers (4.60%), all of which also saw gains for 2010. And out of that group, we’re pretty sure people would be safer putting off a trip to the dealer.

The auto industry comprised 3.6% of the U.S. economy in 2009, or $500 billion of U.S. economic output. Seeing car dealerships and auto companies performing well is a promising sign of a continuing national economic recovery along with a booming Wall Street.

Of course, poor-performing businesses, like apparel wholesalers (down 12.90%), advertising firms (down 15.12%) and anything related to construction, from architects (down 27.98%) to contractors (down 20.19%), make up an even bigger chunk of our economy. So we’re clearly not out of the woods yet.

Auto Dealers Showed Biggest Business Gains in 2010 (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | December 22, 2010 | Comments (2)
Tags: In The News


Troy S.

The auto industry makes up 3.6% of the economy.....Please tell me why 100% of Americans have to pay for the Detroit bailout? It appears that Construction, architects and contractors needed bailing out moreso....

What made Detroit automakers more important than: people still suffering from Katrina, The Gulf Oil Spill, 9% unemployed Americans, Social Security recipients who for the second year have not gotten a cost of living increase?

Justin M.

Hi Troy,

The reason is segmentation. Something like the construction industry might make up a large percentage, but it's split among many different firms and companies. In terms of American auto companies, you really only have Ford, GM and Chrysler. So if the auto industry makes up 3.6 percent, just one of those companies failing would take down 1 percent of the economy. This is where the phrase "too big to fail" comes from. I'm not saying it's a good system at all, but it's what happened naturally because of the capitalist structure.

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