BMI View: Vehicle sales in Slovakia decreased 3.8% in 2013, on the back of weakness in the passenger car and commercial vehicle (CV) segments. In 2014, we forecast an upswing in total sales of 9.4% as the economy recovers somewhat ; in 2015, we forecast growth of 3.6% as these improvements continue .
BMI maintains a bullish view for private consumption growth in the country in 2014; economic conditions are in the 'sweet spot' for households, as labour market conditions are improving while inflation and interest rates remain very low. This has bolstered real wage growth and consumer confidence, coinciding with a sustained uptrend in retail sales volume. We expect this to continue to drive passenger car sales growth, and we forecast a 9% increase in this segment in 2014, and 3.5% growth in 2015.
In 2014, BMI forecasts an increase of 8.2% in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales and a 15% surge in the heavy truck segment. Despite these relatively bullish forecasts, BMI believes that manufacturing and construction activity in the country will continue to slow down somewhat over the course of 2014 on the back of declining domestic demand and contractions in key export markets. Further, we expect business confidence to remain poor. However, growth in the CV market will come from pent-up demand in the market, following sustained declines in recent years. In 2015, we expect growth to temper somewhat, and forecast a 4.2%increase in LCV sales and a 5.3% increase in the heavy truck segment.
BMI believes that passenger car production in Slovakia increased 6.5% in 2013, and we forecast 3.7% growth in 2014, and a 4.6% increase in 2015. This increasing output in Slovakia, and other Central and Eastern European (CEE) states more generally, can be seen in contrast to decreasing production levels in much of Western Europe as auto manufacturers strive to cut costs amid continuing economic uncertainty in the region. BMI believes that the Western European auto market will...
The Slovakia Autos Report features the latest data and forecasts covering production, sales, imports and exports.
Business Monitor International (BMI)'s Slovakia Autos Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, auto associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the automotives market in Slovakia.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering production, sales and the introduction of new technology or products.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the autos sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series and forecasts to end- 2019 for all key industry indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:
Sales and production of motorcycles in units; total production of units; production by vehicle type (including cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses); total vehicle fleet size in units; sales by vehicle type, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles; fleet size by vehicle type, including passenger car, commercial vehicles and motorcycles; total vehicle trade balance in units; vehicle trade balance by vehicle type, including passenger car, commercial vehicle and motorcycle; car ownership measured as car density per 1,000 people.
BMI’s Autos Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (manufacturers, suppliers and dealers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each indices explained.
BMI Economic Forecasts
BMI forecasts to end-2019 for all headline macroeconomic indicators, including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews
In-depth analysis of the major global and regional developments in the market, which can be linked with the country industry overview, providing cross-country investment, product and financing trends that will affect each market, supported by BMI’s global and regional industry forecasts.
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