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China auto sales in July on track for worst year in history

World's biggest market to see double-digit drop in 2019

China's auto sales have shrunk for 13 consecutive months through July.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- New automobile purchases in China have declined for 13 straight months, raising the specter of the world's largest market contracting by double digits for the first time this year.

For the month of July, auto sales fell by 4.3% on the year, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Monday. Sales have undershot year-earlier figures since July 2018.

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