The number of light vehicles on U.S. dealer lots rose 4.6% to 3,174,154 units at the end of January from prior-month’s 3,033,873, even as softer sales pushed the days’ supply barometer to a high 76 from December’s subpar 58 days’. That the inventory level was 24.8% higher than January 2012 largely reflected the still-weak position of Asian brands a year ago, when they had yet to fully recover from 2011’s natural-disaster-related production losses. The ...

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