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Car and truck sales rose a modest 2.7 percent in mid-May from the same period last year, manufacturers reported Wednesday.

During the May 11-20 period, sales of cars and light trucks made by the eight major U.S. automakers rose to a rate of 39,360 a day from a pace of 38,334 during the same period last year.

In the May 11-20 period this year, wide-ranging incentive programs by General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp. and some of the other major automakers were in effect.

GM cars sold at a daily rate of 11,895 during mid-May this year, up 2.6 percent from 11,592 during the year-earlier period. GM truck sales in mid-May were up 4.6 percent and down 0.1 percent for the year to date.

Ford sold cars at an average daily rate of 7,616 during May 11-20 this year, up 2.8 percent from the 7,410 rate a year earlier. Ford's mid-May truck sales were 6.1 percent higher than the rate during the period last year.

Chrysler said its cars sold in mid-May at a daily rate of 3,378 this year, up 0.2 percent from the 3,372 daily rate during the year-earlier period. Truck sales were off 6.4 percent in mid-May from a year earlier.

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