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China Auto Sales Peak in November: Group

Both production and sales set a “record high” in November, an industry group reports.

SHANGHAI - Auto sales in China, the world’s biggest car market and crucial to manufacturers worldwide, reached a new peak in November, data from an industry group showed Monday.

Sales reached 2.94 million units last month, up 16.6% year-on-year, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said in a statement. 

Both production and sales set a “record high” in November, the statement said.

Total auto sales in the first 11 months reached 24.9 million, CAAM data showed, exceeding the figure for the whole of 2015.

But last month's growth slowed from October’s 18.7% and 26.1% in September.

A tax cut for small passenger cars, as well as stabilized economic performance have boosted car sales this year.

China's factory activity last month grew at its fastest rate in more than two years, while producer prices rose at their fastest pace for five years.

Some foreign manufacturers also saw record November deliveries, with U.S. auto giant General Motors selling 371,740 vehicles, up 7% year-on-year, and Ford's sales jumping 17% to 124,113 units.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2016

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