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article imageStatistics Canada: September New Motor Vehicle Sales Up

By Bob Ewing     Nov 14, 2008 in Business
Dealerships sold 141,574 new motor vehicles in September, up 2.5% from August and the first increase following three months of declines.
Statistics Canada, the Daily, reports passenger car sales increased 2.3% in September to 75,398 units. This rise has partially offset the declines in July and August. The sales of both North American-built and overseas-built passenger cars rose.
Sales of new trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) increased 2.8% to 66,176 units. Truck sales had stabilized over the previous three months after a period of declines that began in January 2008.
The preliminary industry data for October suggests that the number of new motor vehicles sold edged down, due to a decline in passenger cars.
In September, new motor vehicle sales were up in nine provinces with the largest advance occurring in Prince Edward Island. Rising sales in Alberta, British Columbia (including the three territories) and Nova Scotia accounted for more than half of the national increase.
Saskatchewan was the only province to observe a sales decline in September. However, sales levels were 10.0% higher than the same month of last year.
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