Chrysler Group credits record commercial-fleet sales for staving off the damaging effects of a “double-digit” decline in retail deliveries and preserving its streak of 19 consecutive year-over-year gains. Overall Chrysler sales rose 1% in October, compared with like-2004. But commercial-fleet orders jumped 119%, says Gary Dilts, senior vice president-sales. “Chrysler’s retail business pretty much mirrored the retail industry across the industry,” Dilts says, referring to the trend that ...

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