Ford Motor Co.'s June sales fell 5 percent as fleet sales declined.
The automaker's sales to daily rental companies fell 2.4 percentage points to 13 percent of its overall U.S. light-vehicle sales, as companies such as Avis and Hertz take a more cautionary approach amid a plateauing market. Sales to commercial businesses dropped 0.6 percentage points of overall volume and sales to government agencies fell 0.5 percentage points.
Total fleet volume fell 14 percent, Ford said. Fleet volume represented a third of Ford's U.S. sales in June.
Ford has said the fluctuations in its fleet business -- those sales increased 8.4 percent in May -- is timing-related, and are tough comparisons to last year, when most of its fleet orders were front-loaded. The automaker still plans to finish the year with about the same fleet sales as 2016.
Ford's retail sales were flat -- off just 36 vehicles -- compared with last year.