Despite forecasts of a tepid sales month, Malaysian new-vehicle deliveries in August rose 12.8% to 55,208 units. Malaysia’s The Star newspaper reports the Hungry Ghost festival, which this year began Aug. 10, generally leads to a business slowdown. It is the second-most important festival of the dead in the lunar calendar after Ching Ming, when Chinese families make offerings and prayers to their ancestors. “People see the month as a time to mourn rather than to rejoice, so they stave ...

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