U.S. sales will rise slightly in March from February, with the first quarter ending below same-period 2004. Ward’s forecasts March sales at a 16.5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), up from February’s 16.3 million and January’s 16.2 million. However, March will mark the third consecutive month with a SAAR trailing year-ago. The industry recorded a 16.7 million SAAR in like-2004. (See related story:Ward's Forecast-March U.S. Lt. Vehicle Sales) Sales could go higher during ...

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