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Dec 3, 2013

U.S. auto sales rise in November, boosted by discounts

DETROIT, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Aggressive discounting and the
continued popularity of big pickup trucks helped propel November
vehicle sales well past expectations, with the three Detroit
automakers and two of Japan’s top three reporting year-to-year
increases on Tuesday.

The industry’s torrid sales pace in November reached an
annual rate of 16 million vehicles, according to General Motors
Co. That was the second highest for the year and well
above last month’s annual rate of 15.2 million.

Nov 26, 2013

U.S. auto sales to end year strong, but fears about incentives mount

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales are expected to finish the year at a fast pace, with demand possibly at its highest in November, but Wall Street remains worried the industry could return to overly generous incentives that would eat into profits.

Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters see the annual sales rate for U.S. new-vehicle sales in November finishing at 15.6 million vehicles. And some analysts said the rate could top 16 million, which would mark the strongest pace of the year.

Nov 26, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Nov 25, 2013

GM investors to focus on buybacks, dividend after Treasury exit

DETROIT, Nov 25 (Reuters) – General Motors Co
investors are focused on the possibility of stock buybacks or a
dividend on common shares now that the U.S government has
outlined its plans to sell the rest of its stake in the No. 1
U.S. automaker by year end, analysts said.

Analysts expect GM next year to buy the rest of its Series A
preferred stock owned by the United Auto Workers healthcare
trust and the Canadian government, and then return cash to
shareholders through a buyback and dividend that will draw more
interest from potential investors.

Nov 21, 2013
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 21, 2013

Toyota sees U.S. industry growth slowing by half in 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States automotive industry will move into the slow lane in 2014 as fewer buyers replace aging vehicles and growth drops to half this year’s rate, the head of Toyota Motor Corp’s (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) North American operations said on Wednesday.

While U.S. industry sales are expected to grow by 1 million vehicles to 15.5 million this year, Toyota North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz said he expects the 2014 total to be closer to 16 million.

Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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