Why Autos Will Crush Retail in 2012

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The following video is part of our "Talking Stocks" series, in which Motley Fool analyst Austin Smith discusses trends across the investing universe.

In today's edition, Austin talks about the impressive retail sales numbers recently released by The Commerce Department. The growth is encouraging for the broad market as February saw the largest sales jump in five months. Austin was most impressed with the auto component of this performance. One of the major reasons for the growth in retail sales was warm weather, which isn't necessarily replicable from one year to the next. Although the economy is certainly showing true signs of organic strength, Austin likes the auto sector, particularly Ford (NYS: F) and General Motors (NYS: GM) more right now because of pent-up demand and continually aging vehicle fleets.

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