NEW YORK – Conspicuous consumption took a shellacking during the global recession even in the ultra-luxury segment that saw sales of new vehicles dive in tandem with plummeting stock markets. “Our sales follow the stock market,” Alasdair Stewart, board member in charge of sales and marketing for Bentley, tells Ward’s in an interview at the New York International Auto Show. Along with a resurgent stock market, Bentley sales leaped 11% last year and Stewart forecasts double-digit growth ...

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