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Automakers see big U.S. sales gains in May

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 3, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

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In this May 13, 2014 file photo, an auto worker inspects finished SUVs coming off the assembly line at the General Motors auto plant in Arlington, Texas.

DETROIT — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickups — and five sunny weekends — likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.

May is traditionally a strong month for the auto industry. This year’s calendar, with five weekends, gave it some extra help. Sales were particularly strong the last weekend of the month, automakers said.

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