Shipments of new cars and trucks from U.S. and Canada assembly plants are beginning to show improvement, falling just 1.6% in the first half of 1999 compared to like-1998, helped in part by improvement in some economies overseas. A total of 251,703 vehicles were exported between January and June, down from the 255,820 units shipped in like-1998. Exports of cars jumped 86% in June compared to June 1998 (28,084 vs. 15,086) and are up 21.5% in the first six months. Trucks in June were up ...

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