Higher sales from three of the Top Six companies and a rebound of sorts from a fourth spurred the U.S. automotive industry to a slightly better-than-expected September. But as forecast, sales dropped from August’s torrid pace while still finishing above year-ago. U.S. light-vehicle sales recorded a 16.7 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in September, down from August’s 19 million but ahead of same-month 2002’s 16.3 million. Actual volume totaled 1.30 million units, for a ...

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