It's no secret that the major auto companies knocked it out of the park with their May sales. But dig a little deeper into the numbers, and you can find some even better signs of strength for certain areas of the economy.
The auto companies don't break down their results beyond the total sales numbers. They combine fleet sales along with retail sales, so it's hard to get a read on how the US is really doing.
But AutoNation, the country's largest vehicle sales company, is now giving us some insight.
Starting today, AutoNation will begin releasing its own monthly sales figures, and will provide more detail than the big auto companies.
For May, AutoNation's sales were up 22 percent, matching what we saw from some of the big automakers, including Ford , General Motors and Toyota.
But get this: Pickup truck sales were up 50 percent year-over-year. That's a huge sign of strength for American small businesses, according to AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson. (Watch Jackson's comments here).