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.
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 over the full year.
In 2014, BMI forecasts an increase of 8.2% in 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.
BMI believes that passenger car production in Slovakia increased 6.5% in 2013, and we forecast 7.6% growth in 2014. 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 remain generally weak (certainly in volumes terms) in the short-to-medium term, and we expect auto investments in the region to dwindle, in contrast to the generally increasing investor sentiment in the CEE region.
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