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Daimler AG
Year-end car sales stingier

The automobile industry's annual year-end tradition, the holiday sales push, is in full swing. But it's shaping up to be a stingier Christmas than usual. Despite rampant discounting throughout the year, the current end-of-year deals aren't as generous as in the past, or even as enticing as the deals were this summer. And if car makers have their way, the current discounts are as good as they're going to get for a while. With signs of a rebounding economy everywhere, auto makers are increasingly optimistic that they'll be able to raise prices next year and cut back on the big consumer discounts and financing deals that have been driving the market. Whether car...