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Pent-up demand boosts US auto sales figures

New cars are seen on display at a Ford dealership in Orlando. Analysts say normally sleepy November is shaping up to be the strongest month for US auto sales this year. New cars are seen on display at a Ford dealership in Orlando. Analysts say normally sleepy November is shaping up to be the strongest month for US auto sales this year. (John Raoux/Associated Press)
By Tom Krisher
Associated Press / November 17, 2011

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Car dealers are getting a surprise end-of-the-year bonus: More Americans are replacing old cars and trucks, enlivening a normally sleepy time for auto sales and putting November on track to be the industry’s strongest month of the year. Dealers and analysts say people are finally getting rid of cars and trucks they’ve held onto for more than a decade. That demand, plus attractive lease deals, an ample supply of Japanese models and promotions on remaining 2011 models have drawn buyers to showrooms in large numbers the last two weeks.

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