Hyundai Motor Posts First Monthly Sales Decline Since July

  • Hyundai January sales fall 13 percent to 338,035 units
  • Sales fell at home and in emerging markets including China

Hyundai Motor Co.’s sales fell for the first time in six months in January, dragged down by demand in emerging markets including China, Brazil and Russia.

South Korea’s largest automaker said sales last month dropped 13 percent to 338,035 units. Of that, domestic deliveries declined 1.1 percent to 49,852 units, while overseas demand slumped 14 percent to 288,183 units, according to a regulatory filing by the company on Monday.

The sales slump comes after Hyundai posted its lowest annual profit in five years in 2015 after deliveries tanked in China, its biggest market by volume sales, and unfavorable exchange rates in Russia and Brazil cut its earnings. The automaker expects the market situation to remain difficult this year, as the slowdown may continue in China and uncertainties remain in emerging market currencies this year.

Hyundai shares fell 0.4 percent to 132,500 won at the close of trading in Seoul, before the company announced its monthly sales results. The benchmark Kospi rose 0.7 percent.

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