J.D. Power and Associates reports that the October retail seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) is expected to come in at 10.5 million units, which is at the same level as September. New-vehicle retail sales in October are expected to post a double-digit increase over the same period a year ago. “The relatively strong selling rate seen again in October suggests that the fourth quarter may close stronger than previously expected,” said Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting at J.D. Power and Associates.