Sales of cars and trucks in the U.S. ought to be ready for a respite, but a Ward's forecast for January shows the opposite is true. January sales will rise from the same year-ago period for the fifth consecutive month with all of the “Big Six” companies poised for increases over last year. Steady economic growth, solid consumer confidence levels and a carryover of most fourth-quarter 1998 incentive programs (improved in some cases) are the basic reasons for continued market gains. U.S. ...

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