But for this year, Phillips expects growing sales to continue, projecting an average of 941units sold per store by the end of 2015.
“2015 looks promising,” he said in the statement. “With a stable dealer count, as we have seen over the past several years, and the strong sales forecast which the industry is now predicting, we could see this record broken again."
Urban Science also reported a slight rise in the number of U.S. dealerships since the end of 2013. There were 17,953 rooftops as of Dec. 31, 2014, a 0.6 percent increase from the 17,838 tally a year earlier.
Brands also increased marginally but still remained relatively stagnant, reaching 31,609 franchises last year from 31,440 in 2013.
Last year 96 percent of local markets had virtually no net change, the statement said. But, the most prominent dealership increases were in Texas with 18 dealerships, California and Florida with 13 stores, Georgia with 12 and North Carolina with seven.
Texas and California showed the greatest increases in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, again almost no local markets showed a net change in dealership count. But, the most significant increases were in California, which added 34 dealerships. Texas was next with 15.