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Japanese cars head quality list

Japanese automakers took top honors yesterday in the influential J. D. Power and Associates quality survey just a week after five of the winners were singled out for punitive U.S. trade sanctions.

The survey of American owners found that Honda Motor Co. Ltd.'s Prelude and the Infiniti J30 by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. tied for the top spot with 48 problems per 100 vehicles. They were followed by Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus SC300 and SC400 models, Honda's Acura Legend and the Lexus LS400 in having the fewest problems.

The highest-ranked U.S.-made car was the Geo Prizm, listed seventh.

Host Marriott gets Dutch concession

Host Marriott Corp. has been selected as the prime operator of food, beverage and hotel operations at Amsterdam's Airport Schiphol, the Bethesda company announced yesterday.

Host Marriott will begin operations at the Dutch airport July 1 with more than 30 food and beverage outlets and two hotels in the terminal.

Panel revising cable, phone rules

A House panel pressed forward on the most significant rewriting of telecommunications laws in 61 years yesterday, including the dismantling of regulations that have held down cable prices.

The House Commerce Committee began consideration of the bill that would free cable, local telephone and long-distance companies to get into each others' businesses. It also would deregulate cable television rates. The panel could approve the measure as early as today.

3 airlines match American's cuts

Delta Air Lines Inc., USAir Group Inc. and America West Airlines Inc. said yesterday that they would match fare discounts initiated late Tuesday by AMR Corp.'s American Airlines Inc.

American cut fares on domestic flights by an average 35 percent for travel between June 7 and Oct. 15. Tickets must be purchased by June 2.

Vermont nears Wal-Mart ruling

A state environmental board will decide next month whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. can put a store in Vermont, the only state that doesn't have a Wal-Mart.

The state Environmental Board heard Wal-Mart's case yesterday and should have a decision within 30 days, board Chairman Arthur Gibb said. In December, the board unanimously rejected Wal-Mart's application to put a store on the outskirts of St. Albans, saying the big retailer couldn't prove its store wouldn't put a strain on municipal finances. Wal-Mart has applied for approval at two other sites in Vermont.

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