TOKYO — Japan's auto sales round out a flat year on a weak note, but analysts predict demand to rebound in 2000. Automotive sales post a decline for December 1999, down 1.8% on year. This drop follows a 0.2% rise in November, which, though modest, broke a 32-month sales slide that began in April 1997. Sales of new motor vehicles totaled 294,397 in December, compared with 299,846 in the same period of the previous year. Among Japan's five leading automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan ...

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