he big three U.S. automakers all posted strong sales figures in August "in what's shaping up to be one of the best months in years" for the beleaguered auto industry. G.M.'s sales were up 10.1 percent compared to August 2011, while Ford's numbers climbed 12.6 percent, and Chrysler's soared 14.1 percent. Experts credit "better access to financing," "signs of improvement in the labor market," and "pent-up demand from weaker July sales" for the booming August numbers.
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