The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

In Detroit, Sales Are Up, Even When They’re Down

May 13, 2013

In Detroit, car capital of the world, they know how to sell a clunker.

The local papers’ headlines were like this: “April U.S. Auto Sales Best Since 2007.”

The fact was that sales actually dropped off. The sales rate was the lowest since last October.

But that news might discourage shoppers! So the spinmasters focused only where they could polish the chrome. They took only the month of April 2012, and compared it only to April 2013.

Presto! Sales were up, even when they were down!

Just as David Cole, son of ex-GM president Ed Cole, once said: “In business, lying is something you do all the time.”