Automobile dealers urge SIAM to report monthly sales on actual-registration basis

PTI New Delhi | Updated on September 12, 2019

The retail numbers will also help predict a slowdown, the dealers say   -  B_VELANKANNI RAJ

‘Retail data will help manage inventory better’

Automobile dealers’ body FADA has asked its auto industry counterpart SIAM to start reporting monthly sales data on the basis of actual registrations on the Road Ministry’s VAHAN platform instead of wholesale despatches.

In a letter addressed to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Rajan Wadhera, FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said reporting retail numbers is also a norm which is followed internationally and would help in the betterment of the auto industry. “Both dealers and component manufacturers felt that it would have been easier to predict the ongoing slowdown in auto sales if retail numbers were reported, helping all in their inventory management and would have kept them better placed in facing these dynamic times,” Kale wrote in the letter.

Positive response

FADA has been advocating this from November 2018 and many of its members have also done the same with their respective original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and have received a positive response of accepting it, given if it becomes an industry practise, he added.

“Hence, I request you to please use your good offices to impress upon all the members of SIAM as well to report retail sales which is now available in VAHAN, instead of factory despatches and graduate to market share calculation of the industry and of dealer partners by registration data instead of wholesale despatches,” Kale said. According to the data released by SIAM earlier this week, vehicle sales across categories, including passenger vehicles (PVs) and two-wheelers and commercial vehicles (CVs), saw the steepest fall by 23.55 per cent at 18,21,490 units in August as against 23,82,436 units in August 2018. Similarly, domestic PV sales saw their worst-ever fall in two decades, slumping by 31.57 per cent to 1,96,524 units in August from 2,87,198 units in the year-ago period.

On the other hand, August retail sales data showed a slightly better picture in terms of sales pointing to inventory correction taking place in the industry.

As per retail sales data, also provided by SIAM, total automobile sales declined by 4.15 per cent to 16,00,376 units as compared with 16,69,751 units in August 2018.

Similarly, PV sales stood at 2,38,357 units last month as compared with 2,56,662 units in the same month of last year, a decline of 7.13 per cent.

Published on September 12, 2019

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