PARIS – New-vehicle sales in France in the year’s first half climbed 5.4%, with domestic auto makers gaining market share. However, second-half sales are expected to decline, as the government’s vehicle-scrappage bonus is cut to €500 ($740), from €750 ($1,005) in the first half and €1,000 ($1,350) year-ago. In fact, there are signs the decline already has started. June deliveries of all three French brands – Renault, Citroen and Peugeot – were down compared with like-2009, although ...

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