U.S. vehicle sales up 30.2%
Sales of domestically produced vehicles rose 30.2 percent in early May, the nation's automakers said yesterday, extending the strengthening automotive market into a fourth straight month.
Demand for light trucks, which include mini-vans and sport utility vehicles, showed particular strength, with a 44.4 percent sales gain in the period of May 1-10. Sales of domestically produced cars were at 157,496, up 20.8 percent from last year's 130,408. Vehicle sales overall totaled 283,820, compared with 217,905 last year.