Business: Softer, but Still No Slump

Yet tire kickers are kicking, gently, about less car for more money

For Detroit's automakers, success is measured by how many cars they sell in a year. The industry takes its pulse regularly, in ten-day intervals, by reporting deliveries of new vehicles by manufacturer and name plate. Those figures can be cause for smiles or scowls, but right now they seem to be causing neither to any great extent. True, new-car sales were down during the Jan. 1-10 period, v. the same period a year ago—the sixth consecutive decline. But neither Detroit's automen nor...

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