The U.S. auto industry will end its record sales year with a bang. Dealers are loaded with inventory, price discounts are growing, consumer confidence is rising and, with a revitalized stock market, December U.S. light vehicle sales should be the best on record for the month. Additionally, the industry appears ready for the surge to continue during the first quarter of next year. Light vehicle sales for 1999 are set to finish at 16.92 million, 8.9% ahead of 1998's 15.54 million, and ...

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