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Posted: 02/20/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Jeep Twitter feed hacked

DETROIT -- A Chrysler spokesman says someone hacked into the Jeep brand's Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, making false tweets for about an hour until the company that handles its social media regained control.

The move was similar to an incident involving the Burger King restaurant chain on Monday, although it's unclear if the two incidents are linked.

Hackers posted that the Jeep brand had been sold to Cadillac because employees had been caught using pills. They also posted that there would be no more Jeep production.

Chrysler spokesman Ed Garsten said the company's social media agency got help from Twitter to regain control of the account. He doesn't think the brand name was damaged by the tweets because most people know it was a prank.

Wholesale sector posts gains

MANITOBA'S wholesale sector posted one of the largest sales increases in the country in 2012, according to year-end numbers released Tuesday by Statistics Canada.

The agency said the province's wholesalers shipped out $16 billion worth of goods during the year, a 6.1 per cent increase over 2011's total of $15.1 billion.

Only two other provinces saw bigger gains in 2012 -- Alberta at 11 per cent and Nova Scotia at eight per cent. Canada's saw its sales climb by 4.5 per cent to $590 billion for the year.

Manitoba's strong 2012 showing was achieved in spite of a 2.6 per cent drop in sales in the final month of the year. Statistics Canada said sales fell to $1.35 billion from $1.39 billion in November, although they were roughly on par with sales for the final month of 2011.

Manitoba was one of six provinces to see sales weaken in December. The other five posted declines ranging from 0.1 per cent to 2.5 per cent. Canada saw its sales dip by 0.9 per cent to $49 billion.

-- from staff, news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 20, 2013 B7

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