PARIS – The aftermarket is doing just about as badly for French parts suppliers and service providers as the new-car market is for auto makers. French and European new-car sales were down 13.8% and 7.6%, respectively, through September, and in the first half, suppliers in France saw sales fall 11%. Unlike some cyclical declines, sales of aftermarket parts also are down, off 10.2%, according to Fiev, the French suppliers’ organization. The situation varies from some past ...

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