Group 1 Automotive

Group 1 Q2 profit tumbles 55% on Brazilian problems

9:47 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive today said its second-quarter net income tumbled 55 percent from a year earlier to $16.9 million, dragged down by a struggling economy in Brazil which accounts for 8 percent of its revenue....
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Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

3:59 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today....
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Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
This Automotive News feature lists recent dealership acquisitions as reported by brokers, official announcements and news media....
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Group 1 sues Florida dealership over buy-sell dispute

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Group 1 Automotive thought it had a done deal to buy an Audi store in North Miami Beach from Prestige Motor Car Imports for $72 million. But Prestige said no. Now Group 1 is suing the luxury-import retailer to complete the transaction....
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Public retailers want to take the wheel on leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Public dealership groups are moving to improve their own online lead development and reduce reliance on third-party lead providers....
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APRIL U.S. SALES

U.S. sales on track to rise 9% in April, 2 forecasts show

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Auto sales are on pace to rise 9 percent in April from a year ago, as warmer weather coaxes out more shoppers who stayed home during the unusually harsh winter, according to two forecasts released today....
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Group 1 Q1 profit rises 7%, revenue up 15%

10:21 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive Inc. reported first-quarter net income of $31.3 million, a 7 percent improvement over the same quarter a year ago. The retailer's revenue rose 15 percent to $2.3 billion....
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JIM HENRY

Why Group 1 finds F&I a tougher sell overseas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Think F&I managers have it tough making a sale in the United States? It’s a lot tougher in the United Kingdom and in Brazil, Group 1 Automotive says....
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Group 1 warns weather will dent 1st-quarter sales, profits

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Group 1, citing severe winter weather that has forced stores to close and showroom traffic to decline, warned Tuesday that its first-quarter earnings will come in lower than expected....
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Group 1's Q4 net income, revenue rise despite challenges

9:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
Group 1 Automotive said today its fourth quarter and 2013 net income and revenue grew despite challenges to new- and used-vehicle profits in the United States. The auto retailer saw profit gains from its parts and service business and finance and insurance sales....
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Group 1 buys two stores in San Diego market

11:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Group 1 Automotive has acquired two dealerships from the Homer Heller Automotive Group in Escondido, Calif. The deal further expands Group 1's footprint in the San Diego market....
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Dealer acquisition spend doubles in first 3 quarters

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Acquisition spending on U.S. dealerships by public retailers more than doubled during the first three quarters of 2013 from the same period in 2012....
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Group 1 buys 5 Ga. dealerships

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2013
Group 1 Automotive has acquired five dealerships from Jay Automotive Group in Columbus, Ga. The deal further cements Group 1's presence in that market after it bought Rivertown Ford there last year, the company said in a statement Monday....
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Group 1 body shops prep for the age of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
In the battle for dealership profitability, Group 1 Automotive is betting on a metal, and it's not gold....
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Group 1 buys 3 Texas stores from Moritz

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2013
Group 1 Automotive Inc. said today that it has purchased three dealerships in Arlington, Texas....
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Group 1 Automotive net rises 5% amid higher expenses

10:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2013
Group 1 Automotive said today that third-quarter net profit rose 5 percent from the year-earlier period on an 18 percent rise in revenues. It said profits were held back by higher expenses and thinner margins on lagging vehicle sales....
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Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Recent dealership acquisitions include Bedford South Point Ford in South Port, Ohio; Joe Marina Honda in Tusla, Okla.; Bob Barbour Honda in Greenville, N.C.; Stockton Nissan-Kia in Stockton, Calif.; and Muller Hyundai in Stewartsville, N.J....
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FACE TO FACE

Hesterberg learned hustle as a teen cleaning windows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Before becoming Group 1's CEO in 2005, Earl Hesterberg spent several years at Ford, Nissan and Gulf States Toyota. But his first glimpse of cutthroat competition in the auto world came while working at a Shell station in Cincinnati as a teenager....
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Group 1 CEO sees little threat from higher interest rates

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Group 1 Automotive Inc. CEO Earl Hesterberg expects the U.S. auto market to remain robust, even with a likely rise in interest rates....
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Group 1 mulls rebranding stores -- later

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Group 1 Automotive Inc. is considering rebranding many of its 139 stores with the Group 1 name -- but not anytime soon....
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