U.S. sales remained strong in July, although volume was fairly flat with year-ago and sport/utility vehicles (SUVs) nearly suffered their first decline in years. Light vehicle sales totaled 1.432 million units for a daily selling rate (DSR) of 57,282 (see insert for complete data), slightly above the previous high for the month of 57,174 set in July 1999. Individually, the DSR for cars was up a tad from year-ago — (0.4% to 29,770 — while trucks virtually were even with like-1999 (27,512 ...

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