U.S. light-vehicle sales are forecast to rise slightly in March from February, based on seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR), while staying even with year-ago. Ward’s forecasts a SAAR of 16.8 million, even with March 2005 and somewhat better than last month’s 16.6 million. Industry volume is projected at 1.56 million units for a daily selling rate of 57,593, 1.1% below year-ago’s 58,242 – 27 selling days both periods. If March’s outlook holds firm, the first-quarter SAAR will be ...

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