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Hurricane gave big boost to auto sales

November was best month in nearly five years

DETROIT — Hurricane Sandy gave an extra boost to US auto sales, making November the best month for carmakers in nearly five years.

Toyota, Volkswagen, and Chrysler were among the companies posting impressive increases for November, which is normally a lackluster month because of colder weather and holiday distractions. Only General Motors was left struggling to explain yet another month of weak growth.

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