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AutoNation Announces May 2012 Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales Of 23,763

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that its retail new vehicle unit sales in May 2012, as reported to the applicable automotive manufacturers, totaled 23,763, an increase of 45% as compared to May 2011.  Retail new vehicle unit sales in May 2012 for AutoNation's operating segments were as follows:
  • 7,260 for Domestic, up 21% versus May 2011,
  • 12,300 for Import, up 78% versus May 2011, and
  • 4,203 for Premium Luxury, up 23% versus May 2011.

AutoNation expects to report June 2012 retail new vehicle unit sales on July 5, 2012 and second quarter earnings on July 19, 2012.


The information provided in this news release is based on sales reports provided by our stores, including stores acquired since May 2011, to the applicable automotive manufacturers and is provided on a continuing operations basis.  These reports are prepared based on the standards established by the applicable automotive manufacturers, which differ from GAAP revenue recognition and other requirements and are based on the time periods set by the automotive manufacturers for reporting monthly sales (which generally differ from the calendar month).  As a result, our operating results calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, including our new vehicle unit sales, may differ materially from any results expressed or implied by the information provided in our monthly sales reports and summarized in this news release and future news releases.  In addition, new vehicle unit sales are subject to seasonal trends.  Consequently, new vehicle unit sales for a particular month are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for a full quarter or year.  Please refer to our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, for additional information regarding our operations.  Investors should not assume that our disclosure of the information in this news release means that we have determined that such information is material to the Company. 

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