A finance manager employed by an automobile dealership believes that

  

A finance manager employed by an automobile dealership believes that the number of cars sold in his local market can be predicted by the interest rate charged for a loan.

  

Interest   Rate (%)

Number   of Cars Sold (100s)

 

3

10

 

5

7

 

6

5

 

8

2

 The finance manager performed a regression analysis of the number of cars sold and interest rates using the sample of data above. Shown below is a portion of the regression output.

   

Regression Statistics

 

Multiple R

0.998868

 

R2

0.997738

   

Coefficient

 

Intercept

14.88462

 

Interest Rate

-1.61538

1. Are there factors other than interest rate charged for a loan that the finance manager should consider in predicting future car sales?

2. Is interest rate charged for a loan the most important factor to be considered in predicting future car sales? Explain your reasoning.The dealership’s vice-president of marketing has requested a sales forecast at the prevailing interest rate of 7%.

3. As finance manager, what reasons would you convey to the vice-president in recommending this forecasting model?

4. Is the prediction of car sales at 7% a reflection of the current downturn in the economy? How might this impact the dealership’s business?

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