U.S. sales will maintain a solid pace in February, but inventory levels will continue to warrant production slowdowns at most manufacturers, based on a Ward's forecast for the month. Light-vehicle sales are projected at 1.252 million units for February, equal to a daily selling rate of 52,167 (24 days), 13.0% below year-ago's 59,992 (25 days). That drop is not as big as it seems, because first quarter 2000 is the strongest quarter on record on an annualized basis and it was the springboard ...

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