An old story

U.S. July auto sales drop, Toyota surges

Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales slid 17 percent in July as Americans shunned trucks and opted for more fuel-efficient cars, catapulting Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. past Ford Motor Co. into the No. 2 spot for the first time.

Your article refers to drops in sales for U.S. automakers in July. It repeatedly refers to July in the past tense. The article was written on July 21st and speaks as if July is already over. I believe the data that is used in the article is actually June’s sales data. If not, it should be noted that the information is as of a certain date in July. 

It seems very irresponsible to show such little regard for accuracy on a hot topic like declining auto sales.

This was a bad one. Note the August 1 date at the start of the story – it was from 2007. It was one of two old stories that were reissued accidentally. We have pulled both, and are investigating: GBU Editor

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