January U.S. light-vehicle sales reversed trend and improved on December’s results, avoiding the usual drop that follows the year-end surge. Robust sales were due largely to the timing of fleet shipments, especially at the Big Three. January light-vehicle sales recorded a 17.6 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), well above year-ago’s 16.3 million and besting December 2005’s 17.1 million. It was the first time since 2002 that January posted a better SAAR than the prior ...

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