The U.S. light vehicle market exhibited solid results in May. But sales weren't nearly as strong as Ward's expected (see Ward's Automotive Reports — May 15, '00, p.1), an indication the industry's year-and-a-half of soaring growth may finally have ended. Sales wrapped up the month at 1.620 million units, for a daily selling rate (DSR) of 62,299, 1.9% below like-1999's 63,534 (26 days this year, 25 year-ago), and the first time since August 1998 that sales failed to outdo the year-ago level ...

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