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U.S. auto market remains bright spot as China pulls back

U.S. auto sales roll on to best year in a decade

U.S. auto sales fell last month, but that isn’t stopping the industry from rolling on toward its best performance in more than a decade. All major automakers released U.S. sales figures Tuesday. Total sales fell less than 1% to 1.58 million, but primarily because sales for a late-arriving Labor Day weekend will be included in September figures. Labor Day is typically a big sales weekend as dealers hold model year-end clearance sales. Last year the holiday was counted as part of August sales. U.S. sales remain on pace to top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001. Increasingly confident U.S. consumers are being lured to dealerships by low interest rates, low gas prices...