P.M. BRIEFING : Big 3 Car, Truck Sales Slip 0.4%

From Times wire services

Car and light truck sales by the nation's Big Three auto makers dropped 0.4% in mid-February compared with a year earlier, the companies said today.

The Big Three said gains in truck sales were offset by losses in automobile sales.

General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. reported they sold cars and trucks at an average daily rate of 34,580 during the Feb. 11-20 period, compared with a rate of 34,718 during the same 1988 period.

Chrysler showed a big dip, falling 18.5% during the period this year. GM's car sales fell 1.2%, dropping to a daily rate of 11,714 from 11,852 during the same period last year. Ford said its car sales rose 1.6% in mid-February, going to a daily rate of 6,833 compared with 6,727.

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