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China's slowdown unnerves German automotive suppliers

Car sales in China are likely to keep sinking, pressuring manufacturers

Volkswagen cars are lined up at the German port of Emden: Germany's auto industry has been hit by a slowdown in the vital Chinese market.   © Reuters

FRANKFURT, Germany -- China's faltering economy is causing angst among Germany's manufacturers, especially its export-driven auto industry.

Most analysts predict another year of slipping sales of new cars in the world's largest auto market in 2019. In 2018, year-on-year sales fell in China for the first time in 28 years.

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