Chrysler Corp. said Monday its domestic sales fell 17 percent in May, its fourth consecutive month of lower car and truck sales compared with its strong performance a year ago.
May’s decline at the No. 3 U.S. automaker was another sign of a slowdown in spending by the nation’s consumers.
“The spring market is significantly softer than a year ago, when we were setting all-time sales records in most categories,” said James P. Holden, Chrysler vice president of sales and marketing. Chrysler’s sales were down across the board: Cars were off 18 percent and light trucks declined 16 percent.
The company blamed only part of the decline in truck sales on a monthlong strike at its Detroit engine plant, which halted production of some of its most profitable models.
Analysts expect the industry to report lower sales overall, following April’s 4 percent decline.