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DesRosiers says auto sales declined 3.7% in September after August gain

Year-over-year auto sales had declined for 17 months straight before marking a modest 0.6% climb in August.


TORONTO—DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says Canadian auto sales returned to declines in September after a brief reprieve in August.

The consultancy says new light vehicle sales were down 3.7% to 166,488 vehicles sold in the month, compared with 172,974 sold for the same month last year.

Year-over-year auto sales had declined for 17 months straight before marking a modest 0.6% climb in August.

DesRosiers says September’s numbers are mainly in line with the general trend for the year, which shows sales down 4.1% at the end of September.

Ford, which had a 4.2% decline in the month from last year, was the highest-selling brand, while General Motors was second despite an 8.7% decline. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was third in sales after a 1.2% decline.

Some higher-end brands recorded gains despite the overall declines, including a 21% climb for Lexus, a 12% gain for Volvo, and a 10.7% climb for Acura.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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