PARIS – August sales of passenger vehicles in the European Union slipped 8.9% to 8.27 million units, bringing the 2012 shortfall to 7.1% after eight months. Germany, the continent’s economic engine, saw deliveries fall 4.6% in August, trimming its market share 0.6% year-to-date. Among the major markets only U.K. sales were ahead of like-2011 after eight months. But controversy is swirling there over private registration practices that critics say are inflating the sales ...

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