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P.M. Briefing : Incentives Credited as Big Three Car, Light Truck Sales Post Gains

May 24, 1989|From Times wire services

DETROIT — The Big Three auto makers reported sales of cars and light trucks rose 2.3% and 2.2% respectively in mid-May compared with the same period last year.

Sales during the latest mid-May period were helped by incentives programs by General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. The Big Three's incentive plans expired just as the mid-May period began a year ago.

The companies said they sold cars and trucks at an average daily rate of 37,126 during the May 11-20 period this year, compared with an average daily rate of 36,299 during the same time last year.

Car sales rose 2.3% and sales of light trucks were up 2.2%.

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