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China's February auto sales plunge 79%, biggest monthly drop ever

Coronavirus slams demand for vehicles in world's second-largest economy

A pump attendant wears a mask as he refuels a car at a gas station as China is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus in Beijing in February. Auto sales in the country plunged in the month.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Auto sales in China plunged 79.1% in February, marking their biggest ever monthly decline, as a coronavirus outbreak hit demand, data from the country's largest auto industry association showed on Thursday.

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