Japan auto sales seen struggling to rise in 05/06


By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) - Demand for new vehicles in Japan slipped 1.1 percent last business year and may struggle to pick up steam in 2005/06 amid uncertainty over consumption patterns in a sputtering economy. Sales of new cars, trucks and buses in the world's second-biggest car market totalled 5.82 million units in the business year ended on March 31, data showed on Friday, with demand especially brisk for the cheaper 660cc minivehicles. ...

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