(Reuters) – U.S. auto retail product sales are anticipated to slide in August, as the international semiconductor shortage coupled with the quickly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus squeezed stock at dealerships, consultants J.D. Ability and LMC Automotive mentioned.

Retail income of new motor vehicles are anticipated to slide 14.3% to 987,100 in August from a 12 months earlier, they reported in a report produced on Thursday.

The chip scarcity carries on to weigh on production exercise, with automakers slicing output irrespective of sturdy desire for particular transportation through the COVID-19 crisis.

“International light vehicle demand from customers remains less than force from the significant inventory constraints prompted by the semiconductor lack as nicely as disruption from the COVID-19 Delta variant,” reported Jeff Schuster, president of Americas functions and world-wide car forecasts at LMC.

Dealers currently have about 942,000 cars in inventory, as opposed with about 3 million, two yrs in the past, in accordance to the report.

“The industry has insufficient inventory at dealerships to meet potent client desire. The consequence is that the retail product sales speed is depressed, but transaction selling prices are elevated.” explained Thomas King, president of knowledge and analytics division at J.D. Energy.

Average transaction costs are expected to increase 16% to $41,378, partly owing to less maker incentives.

Restricted inventories are unlikely to meaningfully improve in September as ongoing supply chain difficulties and new announcements of further more production cuts by many suppliers continue to weigh, the report explained.

The consultants lowered their forecast for 2021 world-wide light-weight car or truck product sales by 2 million models to 83.8 million models, due to a lack of ample output quantity.

(Reporting by Kannaki Deka and Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru Editing by Rashmi Aich)