China auto sales up

BEIJING: Auto sales in China edged up in September from a year ago, snapping a five-month falling streak in the world’s largest car market, an industry group said on Tuesday. Vehicle sales in the country began dropping in April as the world’s second-largest economy lost steam and consumer income growth slowed, battering demand for new cars. But a total of 2.02 million cars were sold in September, up 2.08 per cent from a year ago, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement. The increase was mainly driven by demand for SUVs.