PARIS – Confusion appeared to reign among French car buyers in January. New-car sales fell 7.9% in the month, albeit only half the decline seen in November and December. The improvement almost certainly was due to a new €1,000 ($1,284) government bonus for consumers who junk 10-year-old cars for new ones that get improved fuel efficiency. Yet, Renault SA and PSA Peugeot Citroen lost market share despite their plethora of small cars that qualify for the government program and which did ...

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