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Best vehicle sales streak since 1973 boosts auto dealers

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Sales of light vehicles probably rose in December to wrap up a three-year run unrivaled in almost four decades as consumers replaced cars and trucks that are, on average, the oldest ever on the nation’s roads.

Sales probably rose 9.8 percent in December, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts. That would cap a third straight annual gain of at least 10 percent, the first such industry streak since 1973.

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