STATE OF BUSINESS: Best of the Year

For automakers, still trying to gauge the market for 1959 models, the news last week was the best of the year. During the last ten days of November, dealers sold an average 18,400 cars a day, the fastest-selling pace of '58. This was 13.7% over the midmonth and some 57% over the first ten days. For December as a whole sales are forecast at 450,000, up from 292,000 in October and an estimated 368,000 in November.

Encouraged by the news from the sales floors, automakers last week concentrated on stepping up production. Though...

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