China car sales slow, figures show

Growth in China's booming car market slowed a little in May, according to reports, with the country posting a smaller increase in sales than Japan.

May year-on-year sales rose 25 percent, the China Automotive Technology & Research Center told Bloomberg, a fall from the 34 percent growth experienced in April 2010.

In total, 885,800 vehicles were sold, with analysts suggesting that a rise in prices and the phasing out of stimulus policies were largely responsible for the sluggish growth.

The news wasn't bad for US automakers, however - General Motors sold its millionth car in the country this year in May, effectively doubling its sales rate from three years ago, when it celebrated one million sales in a calendar year.

Changan Ford, meanwhile, celebrated its 16th consecutive month of growth in China.

May sales in Japan rose 28 percent in May to 228,514 units, said the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.

Toyota posted a growth of 39 percent, while Honda jumped 16 percent and Nissan nine percent.

In South Korea, domestic sales posted a fall of 6.5 percent, with South Korea's largest manufacturer Hyundai falling by 22.7 percent year on year.

However, Kia's domestic sales rose 5 percent and GM Daewoo, Ssangyong and Renault Samsung all posted gains.

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