PARIS – The French auto industry is expecting to suffer in its home market for the rest of this year as light-vehicle sales in the country are forecast to decline precipitously. Passenger-car deliveries rose a mere 1% to 1,225,148 units in the year’s first half, and the CCFA auto makers’ association predicts sales in second-half 2011 will see an 18.6% drop, finishing the year down 8% from 2010. French auto makers especially will be hurt because the smaller cars in which they specialize ...
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