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GM, Ford, Chrysler report Feb sales gains as gas prices rise

The US auto industry had a big month in February, with sales increasing 14 percent at Ford Motor and 1.1 percent at General Motors. The latter estimated that industry-wide sales came in at an annual run rate of more than 14 million for the second month in a row.

While rising gasoline prices in February did not impact the headline numbers, Ford said the mix of vehicles it sold reflected a more fuel-conscious consumer.

Fords overall sales were up 14 percent in February, to 179,119 vehicles, while retail sales climbed 19 percent. Chrysler sales jumped 40.9 percent to 135,500 vehicles.

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