U.S. light-vehicle sales surprised mildly on the high side in October but still were weak, reflecting the fact consumers are not storming dealerships without the potential of a good deal. October’s seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.1 million was well above like-2005’s 14.8 million, which was skewed downward due to depleted inventories from huge pull-ahead sales into the summer months. Related document: ...

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