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Sales of domestic-brand sedans and SUVs rose in 3Q 2018 year-to-year, while those of joint-venture (JV) premium brands fell by the same percentage. Domestic-brand dealers generally reported flat levels of discounts/promotions vs. last year, while JV premium–brand dealers cited higher levels of discounts/promotions.
A low-growth, low-interest rate environment is firmly established globally, and a combination of external forces look set to inhibit any improvement for years to come. This makes investors’ hunt for income more complicated than ever.