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Canada. New motor vehicles sales up

The number of new motor vehicles sold rose 10.8% in June to 141,882 units, more than offsetting losses reported in the previous two months. Sales of passenger cars and trucks contributed equally to the increase.

Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold in July decreased 6%.

Sales increase for passenger cars and trucks

Passenger car sales in June were up 12.9% to 60,492 units. Sales of North American-built passenger cars bounced back from the previous month, up 20.7%. Overseas-built passenger car sales increased 1.0%, the third advance reported this year.

Sales of trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) grew 9.3% to 81,390 units in June. This was the largest increase since February 2010.

Sales up in all provinces

New motor vehicle sales were up in all provinces in June.

The largest increase was in Ontario, where sales rose 13.2%. Other large gains were reported in Quebec (+8.7%), Alberta (+10.9%) and British Columbia and the territories (+11.5%).

Newfoundland and Labrador registered the smallest increase in sales at 5.8%, the first gain after four consecutive monthly declines.

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