DETROIT -- Sales are likely to take a nosedive in December to balance out the booms in October and November, but 2001 is now on track to become the second-best year on record for light-vehicle sales, even though as recently as September, that seemed impossible. Ward’s is forecasting December sales to run at a 14.52 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), well below year-ago’s 15.93 million and November’s 17.95 million. However, the entire fourth-quarter will finish at a 17.94 ...

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