With most North American plants back to work in August, U.S. dealers bolstered inventories by a much-needed 93,757 new light vehicles to 2,747,960 units, the third-highest level this year behind June and March. Still, robust sales limited the buildup to a below-par 58 days’ supply, up just 5.5% from July’s 55 days’. Nevertheless, that was well above the 49 days’ posted year-ago, when Japanese-make dealer lots nearly were devoid of vehicles. Historically, dealers ...

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