* Q3 EPS cont ops 39 cts vs Wall St view 42 cts * CEO projects long, slow recovery for auto sales * Job creation is critical for auto sales rebound- CEO * Shares plunge 17.5 percent (Recasts with quotes from interview, details of imported vehicle sales, comparisons to Wall Street expectations) DETROIT, Oct 28 (Reuters) - AutoNation Inc reported third-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street estimates and projected a long, slow recovery for auto sales that will hinge on the strength ...
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