SAO PAULO — Despite a 2.4% drop in the Brazilian economy in March, the auto industry reports an increase of 25% over February sales. Wholesale sales (from manufacturers to dealers) totaled 156,300 units for cars, pickups and light vans, up 25% over the prior month and up 40% over March 2000. Sales totaled 398,000 in the first quarter, up 30% over the same period last year. Volkswagen AG resumed the top place in sales rankings at the wholesale level, following four months in second place ...

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