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New vehicle sales in province still up, but slowing

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Manitoba new-vehicle buyers eased up on the gas pedal in February, with sales up a modest 1.0 per cent from the same month last year after a double-digit gain in January.

Statistics Canada said today that 3,237 new cars and trucks were purchased from Manitoba dealerships in February. That compared to 3,187 in February 2012.

The slower sales growth was due to a 2.2 per cent decline in sales of trucks, which includes trucks, buses, vans, minivans, sport utility and crossover vehicles. A total of 2,190 of those were purchased, versus 2,240 a year earlier.

Sales of passenger cars, on the other hand, rose by 10.6 per cent to 1,047 units from 947.

Nationally, new-vehicle sales declined by 3.7 per cent to 105,811 units from 109,817 in February of last year, the Statistics Canada figures show.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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